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Smiling African American girl swinging on a swing.
May 31, 2022 | Evident Change
Our SafeMeasures® Tips and Tricks webinar series is attracting hundreds of people per session and great feedback from attendees. With its brief format and straightforward approach, each 30-minute webinar packs in a lot of useful information about navigating and using SafeMeasures. The series is gear…
A group of people sitting in a circle, having a discussion.
May 31, 2022 | Deanna Jones
Can you remember where you were 30 years ago? Fashion has changed a bit since then—some things are even back in style! The field of social work has also changed, due in part to a transformative meeting process that was created 30 years ago to benefit all parties at the table. The meeting process mad…
A colorful graphic that says Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 20, 2022 | The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The term AAPI is generally used and includes all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent. Why May? May 7, 1843, marks the first arrival of Japanese immigrants to the United States, and May 10, 1869, recognizes complet…
Simone Sawyer in her office showing off her many tattoos.
May 4, 2022 | Simone Sawyer
Who decided tattoos, piercings, and colorful hair aren't acceptable in professional spaces? Why should I cover up my tattoos, remove piercings, or tone down my hair to work with a client population that often looks just like me? Even at the executive or administrative level, why should my appearance…
Judge Jeri Beth Cohen
May 4, 2022 | Evident Change
Judge Jeri Beth Cohen, an Evident Change board member, received the Outstanding Champion for Children award from Florida’s Children First, a youth advocacy nonprofit group. Recently retired from her role as a circuit court judge in the Dependency and Criminal Drug Court Divisions in Miami-Dade Count…
A Kansas family discusses their experience with a Team Decision Meeting.
April 5, 2022 | Angela Haas, Brandi Lewis, and Jordyn Sharp
The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) launched the Team Decision Making® (TDM) model in 2019 to improve the likelihood of success for families involved in the system. The team at DCF—with permission from the family—has shared the following story. Along with this article, please view a…
Two people clasping hands.
April 5, 2022 | Simone Sawyer
I’ve always believed that the purpose of the justice system is to protect, serve, and deliver justice for all. As a community member, I have felt the benefit of police protection, but—as a Black woman and a former public servant—I have seen the other side that’s not so pretty. It’s almost as if the…
A portrait of Nick Browning and the Pen America logo
March 7, 2022 | Nick Browning
Coming to prison as a 15-year-old has obviously shaped me in innumerable ways. I've known nothing but institutions from adolescence on and have now spent 14 years in such places. Next year I will have spent literally half my life in one prison or another.  However, given the enormity of my crime,…
Transgender girl on couch near a window
February 24, 2022 | Evident Change
Texas Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton have perilously twisted the definition of child abuse by asking Texans to report parents of transgender minors receiving gender-affirming medical care to child protection. This directive runs counter to the purpose of the child protection system, end…
Happy family
February 15, 2022 | Mackenzie Rutherford
Imagine being a frontline social worker faced with whether to separate a child from their parents. Imagine the difficulties of making this decision daily. How would you know you are making the right choice? How would you know you have the right information to make the best decision? What if you coul…