Safe Escape: Disrupting Human Trafficking

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It’s hard to know if human trafficking is growing more common or if we are becoming more aware of this depravity. Increased access to news and information certainly has made us more aware of societal challenges in general, and trafficking … Continue reading

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Innovative Resource for Victims of Human Trafficking

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The field of child welfare is becoming increasingly aware of the vulnerability of youth in foster care to a particularly heinous predator. The predator: human traffickers. These are people who kidnap, coerce, or prey upon vulnerable children and adults in … Continue reading

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Staging (Data): Without It, A House Is Not a Home

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Good realtors know how to help potential home buyers see a house as more than a house, but a home…their home. That’s why ‘staging’ has become a buzzword among home sellers and their agents. They recognize the importance of helping … Continue reading

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Distracted Nation: Keep Your Eyes on the Kids

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For three weeks now, the news has been focused on the government shutdown/showdown. It has been all-consuming. There have been debates, accusations, finger-pointing, blaming, and from many Americans, disgust. Now that the shutdown is over with a budget in place … Continue reading

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Looking In The Mirror; Where Did We Go Wrong?

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Outraged, saddened, disappointed: these all describe my reaction to a news story I recently read. The headlines tipped me off that this was not going to leave me feeling optimistic about our society’s interest in caring for our most vulnerable. … Continue reading

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Could More Parents = Permanency for Kids?

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The headline reads, “Brown signs bill to allow children more than two legal parents“. While the bill may have been targeted at same-sex couples, my thoughts immediately went a slightly different direction. After more than two decades of working in … Continue reading

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‘Crack Babies’ and Poverty: Finding the Right Target

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The inspiration for this post is the headline of a recently published article: “‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result.” Having worked in child welfare long enough to remember and have first-hand experience with the so-called ‘crack babies’, … Continue reading

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