Posts Tagged: healthy coping

Helpful Intervention – A new program prepares families to go to court

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Kiran Malpe is a social worker with Strong Starts Court Initiative, a program that provides information to judges, lawyers, ACS, and workers about the science of human development and how some court decisions can traumatize families. 

Q: Can you tell us about Strong Starts and about your role there?

A: Strong Starts has a dual mission to bring expertise in early child development to all stages of court proceedings, and to strongly support infants … Read More

Partnership in Casework – Improving communication between parents and case planners

Photo: Dana Christensen

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Dana Christensen is the model developer of Solution-Based CaseworkTM and a professor at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

Q: Solution-Based Casework is about caseworkers having “full partnership” with the family to make decisions. Why is that so important? 

A: Partnership means actually believing that the family knows what needs to happen and is the best expert on themselves. The family needs to to be … Read More

From Survival Skills to Coping Skills – How to develop healthy habits in case planning

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Amelia Franck Meyer is the CEO of Alia, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the child welfare system by working with system leaders and partners responsible for getting youth back home with their families.

Photo: Amelia Franck Meyer

Q: In your profession have you seen that it is harder or easier to deal with parents who have been affected by the system in childhood? How do you think it affects parents dealing with service plans … Read More

‘It’s only after basic needs are met that people feel calm enough to focus on family dynamics’ – An interview with The Center for Family Life’s Julia Jean-Francois

Interview by Keyna Franklin

Photo: Julia Jean-Francois

The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park is nationally recognized for how it builds community to strengthen families. Here, Executive Director Julia Jean-Francois explains how economic stability is the first step toward achieving family wellbeing. 

Q: A lot of parents feel like they just can’t cope and meet their basic needs. How does the Center for Family Life help with that? 

A: We organize our service system so that we start … Read More