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Message ID: 8967
Date: 2011-10-30

Author:PMunkeaol.com

Subject:Re: NPR stories

As a BSW educator who has also taught master's level policy on occasion, the ICWA is usually at least briefly mentioned in policy classes in terms of a presentation of its major points. Child abuse and neglect classes generally offer a much more detailed overview of the act. So, I think in many BSW and MSW programs the act is covered to at least a limited extent. It is also sometimes discussed in the Intro to social work class on the BSW level very briefly so it is hard for me to think that most social work grads on both levels have not had at least some exposure to the ICWA. Also, at least in Kentucky, new staff in child protection are taught about the ICWA in training, and the administrative regs have a whole piece pertaining to this act. Also on the initial form that goes into the file there is at least one point on the form where it is asked in some fashion if the ICWA is applied or about whether or not the family has Native American tribal affiliation. This I know from foster care review board review of child protection files. I would assume from the Kentucky experience that child protection workers in most states have at least minimal grounding in the ICWA . peg munke In a message dated 10/29/2011 5:11:31 P.M. Central Daylight Time, anneday163@gmail.com writes: I worry that this issue goes beyond job titles and possibly educational attainment. I would be willing to bet a vast majority of CPS worker across the country don't know what ICWA is and certainly don't know the details of what ICWA says. Unfortunately, I would also be willing to bet many MSW graduates don't know what ICWA is or what ICWA says. It may not simply be a matter of addressing the hiring standards in CPS (which I agree need to be re-examined) but also taking a critical look at what we're teaching MSW students and how we can curtail the MSW education to properly prepare students for their field. Furthermore, estabilshing a strong relationship between social work schools and social services agencies can allow social work schools to provide ongoing training to fill in the gaps where education didn't properly prepare workers in the field. On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM, > wrote: There are some issues in this series that seem to reflect an incorrect depiction of social workers, that is the term is applied to child protection workers in general rather than to people who hold the BSW or MSW degree. Is there a way to get NPR to revisit this issue and make the appropriate corrections? I think this is an important issue because many of the issues represented in the series reflect the use of people as child protection workers who do not have the appropriate education and training to make these important decisions. This should be one of the lessons learned from the debacle that child protection represents in South Dakota in regard to the Native American population. If the standards for hiring were strengthened to mandate the use of properly educated and credentialed social workers, much heart break to families and children would be avoided as well as violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and as well as national embarrassment to the state of South Dakota. peg munke, Ph.D, MSW president elect, Baccalaureate Program Directors Association [BPD] In a message dated 10/28/2011 7:48:29 A.M. Central Daylight Time, NCCPR@aol.com writes: NPR has just concluded an impressive three-part series on the impact of the child welfare system in South Dakota on Native Americans in that state. It's available on the NPR website here: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141672992/native-foster-care-lost-children-shattered-families Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org -- Anne Day anneday@sp2.upenn.edu anne.day@temple.edu Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

As a BSW educator who has also taught master's level policy on occasion, the ICWA is usually at least briefly mentioned in policy classes in terms of a presentation of its major points. Child abuse and neglect classes generally offer a much more detailed overview of the act. So, I think in many BSW and MSW programs the act is covered to at least a limited extent. It is also sometimes discussed in the Intro to social work class on the BSW level very briefly so it is hard for me to think that most social work grads on both levels have not had at least some exposure to the ICWA. Also, at least in Kentucky, new staff in child protection are taught about the ICWA in training, and the administrative regs have a whole piece pertaining to this act. Also on the initial form that goes into the file there is at least one point on the form where it is asked in some fashion if the ICWA is applied or about whether or not the family has Native American tribal affiliation. This I know from foster care review board review of child protection files. I would assume from the Kentucky experience that child protection workers in most states have at least minimal grounding in the ICWA . peg munke In a message dated 10/29/2011 5:11:31 P.M. Central Daylight Time, anneday163gmail.com writes: I worry that this issue goes beyond job titles and possibly educational attainment. I would be willing to bet a vast majority of CPS worker across the country don't know what ICWA is and certainly don't know the details of what ICWA says. Unfortunately, I would also be willing to bet many MSW graduates don't know what ICWA is or what ICWA says. It may not simply be a matter of addressing the hiring standards in CPS (which I agree need to be re-examined) but also taking a critical look at what we're teaching MSW students and how we can curtail the MSW education to properly prepare students for their field. Furthermore, estabilshing a strong relationship between social work schools and social services agencies can allow social work schools to provide ongoing training to fill in the gaps where education didn't properly prepare workers in the field. On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM, > wrote: There are some issues in this series that seem to reflect an incorrect depiction of social workers, that is the term is applied to child protection workers in general rather than to people who hold the BSW or MSW degree. Is there a way to get NPR to revisit this issue and make the appropriate corrections? I think this is an important issue because many of the issues represented in the series reflect the use of people as child protection workers who do not have the appropriate education and training to make these important decisions. This should be one of the lessons learned from the debacle that child protection represents in South Dakota in regard to the Native American population. If the standards for hiring were strengthened to mandate the use of properly educated and credentialed social workers, much heart break to families and children would be avoided as well as violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and as well as national embarrassment to the state of South Dakota. peg munke, Ph.D, MSW president elect, Baccalaureate Program Directors Association [BPD] In a message dated 10/28/2011 7:48:29 A.M. Central Daylight Time, NCCPRaol.com writes: NPR has just concluded an impressive three-part series on the impact of the child welfare system in South Dakota on Native Americans in that state. It's available on the NPR website here: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141672992/native-foster-care-lost-children-shattered-families Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org -- Anne Day annedaysp2.upenn.edu anne.daytemple.edu Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.