When They Won’t Let You Treat a Child Like Your Own

“Treat them like your own.” That’s what we tell Foster Parents. Simple enough right? Welcome children into your home, fold them into your routine. Easy Peasy. Except it isn’t easy peasy, is it? Treat them like your own, EXCEPT: don’t advocate for them if it means going against the state’s position in court, report and…

How Trust-Based Leadership Can Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

I have recently been reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek. A story about Southwest Airlines in the book caught my attention. Sinek described how Southwest focused on making their employees happy, and with making Southwest an enjoyable place to work. The theory was that if employees were happy, clients/customers were happy, and therefore share…

Social Work: The Swiss Army Knife of Human Services

I find that the general population has no idea what social work is or what social workers do. Social work is not something often depicted in Hollywood TV shows or movies (when it is depicted, it is usually inaccurate), and frankly, the tasks of social work are so varied that the work can be hard…