The Demands of Foster Care

With increasing regularity, there is comment by publication, news article or editorial about the need for foster parents. Why? Because foster parents are an important partner of the child protection system; they provide care and safety to children who are unable to remain in their home environment. The ever evolving philosophy of child welfare reflects the research, practice, and leadership at any point in time in a state, county, or local organization. Jurisdictions are also affected by the service provider community and its philosophical, financial, and operational practices. All of these together complicate the capacity and practice in the foster care system. [More]

Upgrading Training in Child Welfare Agencies – Five Steps to Creating a Learning Organization

After the hiring process, training is the most important aspect in the development of a good case manager. Training is understood to be an important first step by management of administration in understanding the philosophy of child welfare and child protection, the policies and practices of the agency, and the functions necessary to become an effective and efficient case manager.
There are many moving parts to consider when implementing a successful training program. Child protection, child welfare, the clients, the agency’s operation, the laws, technology, paperwork, and stakeholders are not just complicated individually, but collectively such considerations can be overwhelming.
After the hiring process, training is the most important aspect in the development of a good case manager. Training is understood to be an important first step by management of administration in understanding the philosophy of child welfare and child protection, the policies and practices of the agency, and the functions necessary to become an effective and efficient case manager.
There are many moving parts to consider when implementing a successful training program. Child protection, child welfare, the clients, the agency’s operation, the laws, technology, paperwork, and stakeholders are not just complicated individually, but collectively such considerations can be overwhelming. [More]

Denver office perfects the PB&J for a good cause

Last month, staff from PCG’s Denver office spent a Saturday afternoon making peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwiches to support Mile High United Way’s grant partner, Senior Support Services (SSS). This non-profit provides a day shelter as well as other services to low-income and homeless seniors in Denver. [More]

PCG Denver Bridging the Gap 30 for 30

Staff from PCG’s Denver office recently participated in “Career Week,” a weeklong event supporting the Mile High United Way’s (MHUW) “Bridging the Gap” program. MHUW’s event offered PCG participants one-on-one mentoring time with struggling teens aging out of foster care as they prepare for their first jobs. [More]

Policy and Practice article examines turnover and training in the human services field

Boston, MA, June, 2015 – PCG Human Services employment and public assistance program expert Brian Howells co-authored an article regarding the 21st Century needs of the human services workforce in the April, 2015 edition of Policy and Practice Magazine, a publication of the American Public Human Services Association. The article examines the issues of turnover and training in the human services field. Read the article here. [More]

Children’s Bureau Announces Changes to Delivery of Training and Technical Assistance to State and Tribes

In late April 2014, Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang announced a major shift in how the Bureau would be providing training and technical assistance (TA) to states and tribes. In describing the changes to occur, Commissioner Chang indicated that the nature and scope of TA requests have evolved in recent years to include Child and Family Service Reviews and Program Improvement Plans, the expansion of work with tribes, and increased responsibilities of courts. Historically, training and TA were provided by a network of organizations that were awarded worked via competitive bids. [More]