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EPIC Awards - Recognizing Our Most Passionate Employees

PCG’s EPIC Awards program is a quarterly employee recognition initiative that shines the spotlight on exemplar staff across the firm who embody the core tenets foundational to PCG: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Passion, Impact, and Community.

9. December 2021
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    PCG’s Manager Heather Baker Joined Experts in Podcast Series Addressing Family First Law

    Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce that Manager Heather Baker, Human Services, recently joined experts from the National Human Trafficking Child Welfare Collaborative, Sarah Ladd and Bethany Gilot, during the second episode of a three-part series for the podcast Emancipation Nation hosted by Celia Williamson, PhD. During this episode, “Protecting Trafficked and At-Risk Youth: States Figure Out How to Implement the New Law,” the speakers discussed states’ translation of federal laws related to human trafficking.

    • 11. May 2021
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    A Tech Solution for Technical Problems in Foster Family Recruitment and Retention

    Foster family recruitment and retention have always been challenging. Even while the number of children in foster care increased from 2012 to 2017, half of states saw a decrease in the number of available non-relative foster family homes. Though the number of children in foster care has since decreased to 424,000 in 2019, the need for foster families is still acute.

    • 7. December 2020
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    Rebalancing Child Welfare Services through Line Item Transferability

    In 2018, Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), expanding federal funding for evidence-based prevention services and limiting federal funding for congregate care placements. FFPSA aims to rebalance the system toward more prevention and preservation, and away from foster care and congregate care when possible. While a handful of states have already implemented the act, most are still in planning stages.

    • 17. July 2020
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    One size does NOT fit all when it comes to foster home recruitment and retention strategies

    In a new paper by PCG’s Stacey Priest and Jennifer MacBlane, the authors explore how states are implementing targeted recruitment and retention strategies to cultivate and maintain a pool of qualified foster parents needed to support the growing number of children entering foster care across the country each year.

    • 14. January 2020