How Will Your Child Welfare System Stack Up Against the Laws of Gravity

Our child welfare systems can feel like we are in a game of Jenga. We are attempting to grow and expand our systems by moving pieces one by one - while stretching our limited capacity. But with each move, the entire system risks collapse, particularly with worker shortages.

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Band of Brothers

Accountability systems rarely work as they affix blame instead of fix systems. They also produce devastating side effects including workers gaming the measurement system and increase fear. There is a better way.

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.

Management, Leadership and the Transformation Government Needs

What government does is noble and vital, but it can't deliver the value it should if we don't do a better job of making the work, work. The future of management is about more than technology and budgets.

All We Need is Love…and Time

Dedicated to "transformation" and the work we do to improve service for families, children, and clients. By Bill Bott and Lori Wolff

Modernization Is Desperately Needed … But It’s Not Enough

While new technology can help us with everything from tracking work to enhancing our safety models, by itself it’s not enough.

We Don’t Need Another Hero: Improve Capacity to Save Supervisors

Child welfare supervisors have an incredibly difficult job. One that is made even more complex by the broad role they play.

Child Welfare’s Pipe Problem: How Relieving the Pressure Can Ignite the Workforce’s Ability to Do Its Job

Child welfare has a pipe problem. Our pipes can't handle this much pressure... But there's another way, a way to relive the pressure and unleash the amazing internal motivation of our people ... and it starts with fixing the plumbing.

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