12 Workplace Stress Busters

 Share on TumblrThe work child welfare professionals do is among the most stressful of all occupations.  Answering Child Protective Services (CPS) calls, removing youth from homes, listening to shocking stories told by terrified young people, placing youth into...

Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

 Share on TumblrWork in Child Welfare can be especially stressful and difficult. Two important concepts related to this work are “Secondary Trauma” and “Compassion Fatigue.” I want to explore these terms and what researchers are learning about them. Secondary...

December: A Time to Reflect and Take Stock

 Share on TumblrFor December The Downs Group LLC will focus on some end-of-the year review issues often found among child welfare agencies.  We will provide some tools and resources that could help agencies take a fresh look at office environment, service...

Last Reflections on Adoption of Older Youth Month

 Share on TumblrNovember is Adoption month in the United States. This month The Downs Group LLC has offered a variety of resources for you related to adoption of older youth in care. Highlighted Course: Adopting Older Youth 9 Tips for Prospective Parents of Older...