Federal child welfare official lauds Neb. initiative | Evictions loom for low-income Ariz. motel occupants | Food scholarships help Houston college students facing hunger
April 23, 2018
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Federal child welfare official lauds Neb. initiative
A Nebraska program that enlists community resources to support at-risk families and head off child abuse drew praise from a visiting White House official. "The concept behind Bring Up Nebraska is just so consistent with the direction we're trying to move child welfare across the country, which is a real focus on preventing the occurrence of child abuse and neglect and helping to strengthen families before bad things happen," said Jerry Milner, associate commissioner for the Children's Bureau.
The Chronicle of Social Change (4/20) 
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Four Strategies for Developing Leaders
Learn how organizations can prioritize talent development, from retired brigadier general Bernard Banks, Associate Dean of Leadership Development at Kellogg School of Management. Learn more.
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Evictions loom for low-income Ariz. motel occupants
As a motel in Bullhead City, Ariz., seeks bankruptcy protection, social service providers are scrambling to find housing for long-term tenants due to be expelled next month, several of whom are elderly. Agencies had previously referred people to the hotel because there were few options for low-income renters.
The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/20) 
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Food scholarships help Houston college students facing hunger
Texas colleges and universities are partnering with the Houston Food Bank to offer food scholarships to food-insecure students, providing groceries twice per month as long as they stay in school. About 1,000 students have received a food scholarship in the Houston area.
Houston Public Media (4/18) 
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Government & Policy
Ill. lawmakers look to protect child welfare workers
Two bills in Illinois aim to address the growing problem of violence against child welfare workers and other state employees. The measures would create harsher penalties and enhanced incident-reporting requirements.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (4/17) 
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Career Insights
There's value in being nice
There's value in being nice
(YouTube/John Baldoni)
Leaders should treat people respectfully even "when no one is looking" and make amends when they fall short, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video. One example Baldoni notes is a CEO who made small talk before presentations a way of welcoming and encouraging younger staff.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/20) 
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How to find time for one-on-ones with staff
Management can spend more time with individual team members by restricting full team meetings to twice a month, writes Terry Lipovski, founder of Ubiquity, a global executive coaching firm. "This monthly meeting cadence can help you cut back on long, boring, unnecessary meetings and focus on building the relationships your team depends on to thrive," he writes.
Fast Company online (4/20) 
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NASW Updates
NASW opposes citizenship question on 2020 Census
NASW says the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census could have serious impacts on our nation. The association will work with allied groups to reverse the decision. Read the full statement.
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NASW school safety resources for social workers
There is a growing need for social workers in schools to help prevent violence. Here is information from NASW that social workers can use to keep students safe and address students affected by trauma.
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