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Radio NZ News 21 August 2013A select committee has been told that Child, Youth and Family’s complaints process is laborious, time-consuming and ultimately ineffective.A complainant, Graeme Axford, says his complaint to the service’s advisory panel in 2009 was upheld but no one was held responsible and still nothing has changed.Currently people can complain to that panel, the Social Worker Registration Panel or the Ombudsman.But Mr Axford says that is exhausting and usually fruitless.Former police commissioner Howard Broad is currently leading an inquiry which is considering whether to set up an external independent body for complaints.Mr Axford says that would be a good solution.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/217558/select-committee-hears-cyf-complaints-process-doesn’t-work
The Children’s Data Network contributed to the research behind the Emergency Child Care Bridge, which will go into effect January. Photo courtesy of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkThe Children’s Data Network at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work played an important role in the development a new statewide social welfare program. The Emergency Child Care Bridge Program, which will go into effect in January, is a $31 million proposal to increase financial assistance and services for foster children and their families across California. “It’s an example of all the work that we do at the Children’s Data Network,” said Jacquelyn McCroskey, co-director of the network. “We develop agreements and partnerships with agencies that serve children and families and then we look at where you have overlapping population. We were very interested from the beginning in early childhood education because we know that … participation in high quality programs can really stimulate child development.” The funding for the bridge program was approved earlier this year when California’s budget was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The program aims to increase access to early care and education services for foster children and will give foster care families with six-month emergency child care vouchers if they are taking care of children from birth to age 5. The program will also help social workers and families find long-term child care, fund support for parenting youth in the child welfare system and increase trauma-informed training for child care providers. The network helped develop the program by linking administrative data from different systems that serve foster children and their families, McCroskey said. This allowed the program’s developers to better understand the children who are being served by multiple sectors, and the interaction between families and communities. Through a partnership with the Child Care Resource Center, the Children’s Data Network was able to develop a relationship with the California Department of Social Services as well as the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. This allowed the network to study children who were served by both systems — the child welfare system and the subsidized early childhood education system.“There is very little information about children served by both the systems,” McCroskey said. “The fact that we can do it for even one part of L.A. County turned out to be quite important, because what we were able to show was that there actually is a good deal of overlap between children served by both the systems, and nobody really knew that before.” Through the Bridge Program, the network is trying to improve the relationships that already exist but aren’t always recognized. According to McCroskey, the lack of adequate support for foster families has been a recurring problem in California, because finding adequate child care is an issue in households where both adults work. Genie Chough, assistant deputy director of external relations at L.A. County DCFS, was another key figure in developing the Bridge Program legislation. The average cost for a toddler in a child care center in California is more than $1,000 per month, she said.Child care is most important, Chough said, because strong evidence points to the positive effects that an early education gives for children. “Those effects are exponentially greater in kids who have been abused and neglected,” Chough said. “The secondary benefit of the program is that it not only helps the kids, but also their caretakers, because child care has been a barrier for the foster parents.”Maria Romero, the DFCS child care program director, said that L.A. County is developing plans to provide better services for foster families.“We do recognize that there is an issue,” Romero said. “But we are diligently addressing those issues so that we have a stronger network connection with the [foster] resource families.” To address these issues that the foster families have been facing, CDN, along with the Child Care Resource Center, published three policy papers that demonstrated the link between child welfare and early childhood education.According to McCroskey, there is a disconnect between the child care systems and families interested in utilizing services.“Any family who loses support, who loses a job [or] who experiences some kind of an unexpected family crisis can be referred to the child welfare department,” McCroskey said. “I just believe that there was probably a lot of going back and forth between these systems that we just didn’t understand.”
Published on March 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm Contact Justin: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmattingly306 When the matchup of Syracuse and Dayton in the NCAA Tournament was announced Sunday night, some were surprised SU got into the Tournament. For Eric Spina, he couldn’t believe the two teams were facing one another.Spina will be taking over as president of Dayton in July after more than 25 years at SU, including a tenure as vice chancellor and provost. He announced last December that he’d be stepping down as provost and was named the next president of Dayton in September.“I want both to do well and there they are facing each other. It’s a little bit surreal,” Spina said. “I’ve been here at Syracuse for 27 years and I’ve rooted hard for them the whole time but going to Dayton, and I love my new colleagues at Dayton … so I have a new love and that’s Dayton. So I’m rooting for both to do well but I will be wearing a little bit of red on Friday.”Spina will be in St. Louis on Friday as the two teams square off in the Round of 64.As part of his transition to Dayton, Spina is traveling back and forth between Ohio and Syracuse. He currently serves as a Trustee Professor at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The folks in Syracuse have been very supportive of me making this move and the folks at Dayton have been wonderful,” he said. “They’ve simply reaffirmed the decision my wife and I made to go to Dayton.”Spina will officially start at Dayton on July 1. Comments Related Stories Eric Spina to step down as vice chancellor, provost, will stay at SU as Trustee ProfessorRapid thoughts on Syracuse-Dayton NCAA Tournament matchupSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyDougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enough Facebook Twitter Google+
Despite the deadly Ebola virus disease causing the breakdown of many business activities across the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, young business entrepreneurs are strategizing to keep ahead. The City of Ganta celebrated the recent Valentine’s Day with the opening of a modern car wash located near the center of the city. It is the first of its kind in Ganta and includes a restaurant, bar and a mini shop with DSTV facilities to entertain customers. “Our goal is to make Ganta a city where you can find any other modern facility you can see elsewhere around the world,” said proprietor Ms. Gaziawon Nelson Dano. “We sell food that everybody can afford to buy and there will be a TV to all washing parks to entertain customers that will bring their vehicles here,” she added. Ganta was one of the epicenters of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country that paralyzed nearly all business centers. In early January a guest house which contains a restaurant and an entertainment facility was open to the public. The Hurku Guest House is located in a quiet, isolated area and offers an assortment of food choices on its menue. Ganta being a commercial hub of Nimba has several guest houses, bars, restaurants as well as other entertainment centers along its main street.The Star Entertainment Center also provides services to many customers and travelers in the city. The Ganta Ambassador Hotel in Tappita is a rest stop for those traveling to the southeast of Liberia. It also contains a bar and a restaurant. Saclapea’s Vision Palace Guest House provides affordable lodging and in Bahn is the popular Liamon Guest House.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)