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About ckhayek

I am a Child Welfare Advocate, Data-geek, Writer (and Reader), Cheesecake Baker, and Stunt Kite Flyer .... balance is important! 8-) © 2005-2018 Connie Hayek All Rights Reserved

View from the Other Side

For the past few years, I’ve been working on something a bit removed from traditional child welfare. I took what I thought would be a temporary (18 month) position at a college. This break from child welfare was not entirely … Continue reading

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Returning soon….

You may have noticed that I haven’t written anything for quite awhile now. It’s not lack of interest–just lack of time! Several projects have kept me hopping. I will be penning a new post soon. The topic: child welfare workforce. … Continue reading

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Child Welfare Data Dreams

Several weeks ago, the Administration for Children and Families released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or NPRM as it is known to those working in and with federal rules.!documentDetail;D=ACF-2015-0009-0001 The summary reads (in part) as follows: “This proposed rule … Continue reading

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Critiquing Child Welfare

When it comes to finding fault, there’s never a shortage of people lining up to point fingers and lay blame on failing child welfare systems. The state agency didn’t do enough to protect a child. Inadequate supports are provided to … Continue reading

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Why We Should Care About the Duggar Drama and Why We Should Stop Talking About It

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The exposure of molestation charges involving the reality TV Duggar family (of 19 Kids and Counting), has been the topic of ongoing discussion and debate on social media sites recently. There have been two main camps, those who have reacted … Continue reading

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Healthy Healers: Broken People Can Make the Best Healers

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Recently, a faculty member providing oversight to a mental health program in higher education told me that many of her students had mental health ‘issues’ themselves. It’s a phenomenon known by many in the helping professions–people gravitate towards careers in … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons For a New Child Welfare Degree Program

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Currently, the field of child welfare is in a state of crisis, IMO. A workforce crisis, that is. Nearly every state has experienced significant challenges with recruiting and retaining a highly qualified workforce. This workforce challenge has resulted in child … Continue reading

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Time For a Change: Our Kids Deserve More

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A recent headline reads: Expert: SC Social Services hiring plan “ambitious,” will take longer than a year¹ The article begins with: “The [South Carolina] state child-welfare agency’s plan for hiring [200] more caseworkers is ambitious but will take longer than … Continue reading

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