Redefining Social Worker Appreciation: How to create a system of capacity rather than a position of sacrifice

What if, instead of working so hard to appreciate the sacrifice, child welfare leaders took a long look in the mirror to see why social workers must sacrifice work-life balance in the first place? Maybe the question isn't about how we appreciate social workers well. Maybe the real question is how we get off the hamster wheel and create system capacity, so appreciation is reserved for a job well done, not to make up for a personal life lost.

When Virtual Became the Reality: Three pandemic lessons to shape the future of child welfare

For more than a year we shifted work to a virtual platform out of necessity, and as we safely return to in-person activities it would be easy to sprint as fast as possible back to “the way we did things before COVID-19”. But, what if instead of sprinting we took the time to pause and reflect? Perhaps some of our new virtual practices make child welfare better.

Family First… Second: Finding a solution to managing the workflow

The goals associated with Family First are both noble and needed. If we do not fix our capacity crisis in child welfare, we may never see the results we hope to achieve.

Never Getting Behind Again: How One Child Welfare Agency Used the Pandemic to Transform Their Work to Help Children and Families

How the Indiana Department of Child Services used the pandemic to transform their work to help children and families.

All Aboard Toward Thriving Families: Strategies to Keep Early Intervention and Prevention on Track

Today’s child welfare train is working as hard as ever, with more weight - tasks, oversight, budget, limitations, and expectations - continually being added, and its network of policy tracks becoming increasingly more complex. To keep early intervention and prevention on track and move toward thriving families, here are key strategies to consider.

From Safety Decision to Reunification: Crossing the reunification finish line to regain capacity and help more children and families

Permanency for kids, is one of the most risky and critical decisions made in all of government and getting to the finish line is a laborious process with thousands of factors that will influence the time it takes to get there. But when we are there, our research shows we don't run through the finish line, in fact, our system has a propensity to start walking or even crawling at this phase when in fact, we should be sprinting once a permanency decision has been made.

A New Promise for CCWIS: Provide Capacity to Do More Good

The new promise of CCWIS is to build systems that support and coach and help caseworkers move the work.

Reducing the Self-Created Workload: Making Room for a Wave of New Customers

Human Service Agencies across the country are grappling with a new wave of customers seeking support—many for the first time—due to the COVID-19 health crisis and subsequent economic downturn.

If Not Humans, Then What’s At the Center?

188 million results. This is the number of hits you get when you Google “Human-Centered Design.” While obviously very popular, I have to wonder, “just how did we get so far off course that we need to be reminded to keep the humans who use our technology at the core of our design?”

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