The Essential Power of Both/And in Social Work

The Essential Power of Both/And in Social Work

     Life can be many things. It can be full of great joy, and it can be full of great hardship. Life has ups and it has downs. It can be quite volatile. The great adventure of...

Are There Way More Kids in Foster Care Than We Think?

Are There Way More Kids in Foster Care Than We Think?

Are There Way More Kids in Foster Care Than We Think? On this week’s podcast we discuss more plans for rethinking child welfare, universal cell phone coverage for California...

What happens when the system meant to protect children is the threat?

What happens when the system meant to protect children is the threat?

Baby Joseph had an infectious smile, and he sweetly danced his little moves to Baby Shark when his mom streamed the song on YouTube. Like most moms, Leah Garcia videoed it all....

6 problems with the foster care system -- and what you can do to help

6 problems with the foster care system -- and what you can do to help

When Tenaja Jordan came out to her parents at 17 years old, they kicked her out of their home. As a teenager, she was still considered a child in the eyes of the state, and was...

Dorman: Summer months will be busy for child advocacy

Dorman: Summer months will be busy for child advocacy

With the conclusion of the 2021 legislative session, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy moves into the preparatory work for 2022. Many of our major projects occur over...

Acknowledging effects of child poverty and single motherhood is a start

Acknowledging effects of child poverty and single motherhood is a start

Addressing child poverty and the difficulties facing many single mothers are not issues belonging solely to socially conscious advocates. It should be of universal concern to be...

Reunification is Not the End for Families

Reunification is Not the End for Families

When families in the child welfare system who have been separated finally come together after the extensive reunification process, most people –including the child welfare...

Boosting child and youth participation - from voice to choice

Boosting child and youth participation - from voice to choice

Amid the ongoing pandemic and its disastrous effects on multiple aspects of human rights protection across the globe, there is consensus in one area: children and young people...

Change Our Mindsets to Change the System

Change Our Mindsets to Change the System

Over the past year, national groups have called for sweeping child welfare reforms, like repealing the Adoption and Safe Families Actor eradicating mandatory reporting laws....

How the Pandemic Roiled the Foster Care System

How the Pandemic Roiled the Foster Care System

For the first four years of her childhood, Vanessa Brunetta’s family was homeless. Later, her family was rocked by domestic violence to the point that “my older brother and I...

Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

Long Term Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect News June 14, 2021 | 3 min read Posted by Olivia Padilla How many times have you heard adults say that children are resilient? That...

Pandemic has had ‘unprecedented’ impact on victims of domestic abuse

Pandemic has had ‘unprecedented’ impact on victims of domestic abuse

The Covid-19 pandemic and measures introduced to combat it have had an “unprecedented and exhausting impact” on victims of domestic abuse, Women’s Aid has said. The charity’s...