Dee Wilson examines emotional challenges faced by social workers doing the difficult – and often unappreciated – work of child welfare. He explores the range of challenges, from new social workers’ anxiety, brought on by making high-stakes decisions with little experience or emotional support, to the burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue that can lead veteran social workers to exit the profession.
Dee Wilson examines competing ideas to address the critical shortage of foster care placements. The solutions include professionalizing foster parents; better supporting foster parents and providing them with a voice in the system; increasing investment in kinship care; and creating alternatives that avoid or drastically reduce the need for foster care.
Dee Wilson examines the concept of resilience through the lens of Dr. Ann Masden’s “Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development”, and applies the concept to child welfare practice and systems.
Dee Wilson challenges and examine theories of Intergenerational Transmission of Child Neglect, making a strong pitch for focusing interventions on decreasing extreme poverty and homelessness.
Dee Wilson follows last month’s Sounding Board to examine principles for workload management in child welfare agencies.
An examination of what an excessive caseload is, how it comes to be, its effect on practice, and imagining a better version
Washington State’s Governor, Jay Inslee, has proposed creating a new department of children’s services that would remove the Children’s Administration (CA) from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and combine the state’s child welfare system with the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and juvenile justice.
Consider the following scenario which could occur in any city in Washington State: a pediatrician driving to work observed a toddler wearing nothing but a diaper and a t-shirt playing in a pile of garbage beneath a freeway underpass.
Analysis and comment on the increases and decreases in the number of children in foster care in the U.S. over multi-year cycles.
As chronicled in this blog, the foster care system has major shortcomings. What are some alternatives?