Saturday, September 12, 2015

Introduction to Blog: Give Our Children A Chance

Welcome to the Give Our Children A Chance Blog!

Here at this blog we will be discussing the social issue of "Disproportionality in Child Welfare" specifically children of color.

I am currently a MSW student doing my concentration placement at a local social services. Here at the agency that has been a trend of more African American children coming into foster care. As social work practitioners we know that kinship care is a safer and more effective options for our children, but the State of Virginia does not recognize kinship care. I have a few goals for this blog:
  • To make awareness of this social issue
  • To educate the community on issues that affect our children in child welfare
  • Create solutions that will help reduce the disproportionality of children of color in the child welfare system in this city
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Advocate and be a voice for the children in this community   
I know I have a lot to accomplish, but I have big ideas. As an inspiring macro practitioner, I am interested in making changes on the larger level as well as the community level. This will help facilitate change on the micro level, where our children are being affected.

Previously, I became interested in foster care issues at a placement during my BSW program. My focus was not in the foster care area, but I became intrigued by the independent living program. At the time I also became a CASA worker. Very interesting experience, so now I am looking at the research to see what can be done.

Please comment below if you have comments or suggestions.

Thank you for reading! 

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