Youth Advocacy and Leadership in Child Welfare

A paramount role of a clinical social worker working with youth in foster care is hearing their voice.  Adolescents deserve their voice being heard regarding their case plan, to include such things as establishing their goals, placement decisions and plans for their future.  However, for adolescents in child welfare, the ability to have the robust capacity to identify and… Continue reading Youth Advocacy and Leadership in Child Welfare

Has Compassion Disappeared?

On January 22, 2017, Naika Venant a 14-year-old girl committed suicide while in the care of the Florida child welfare system in Miami.  She streamed the progression of her self inflicted death on Facebook Live for over two hours from the bathroom of her foster home. Horrifically, there were a reported 1,000 views which should have brought attention and help to Naika, but the opposite happened.… Continue reading Has Compassion Disappeared?

ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are classified into three categories of events: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction.  The experiences are measured from an individual's childhood until the age of 18 into the ACEs questionnaire, which is 10 questions, to determine their exposure to harmful experiences to determine an overall score.  The higher the ACEs score (or number of adverse experiences), the more… Continue reading ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

Listen Carefully…A Podcast

Yes, you have read the title right!  I have created a podcast.  For an intimate look into the foster care system, listen to the interview I had with Sam a foster care alumni.  In this podcast, I explore with Sam his journey from entrance into foster care to present, at age 25.   We explore the impact that… Continue reading Listen Carefully…A Podcast

The Luggage of Foster Care

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our own homes to remedy this type of poverty. -Mother Teresa

Feelings of Youth in Foster Care

Pictures speak louder than words!  Look at this image of how children and youth in foster care may be feeling and ask yourself "How can I help?"  

Foster Care as an Adjective

I recently came upon the poetry of Nayyirah Waheed, a poet who elicits intense emotion and unrivaled beauty.  Her choice of simple words with unique grammar, dashes and no capitalization, brings a profound need to relate her poetry to the lived human experience.  Here is one example that I came across in my exploration of personhood. Wow, right?  A poem,… Continue reading Foster Care as an Adjective