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Advocacy Activity: NASW Day at the Legislature

Advocacy Activity: NASW Day at the Legislature

I, like many others in my cohort, went to the NASW Day at the Legislature. It was my first time visiting the Capitol as a constituent, advocate, and social worker*. I’d like to share this experience because it was one of the most valuable experiences I had this semester. I listened to many guest speakers about how business on the Capitol typically goes. I learned more about how lawmakers do business and how to approach them. It was imparted upon…

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BP11 Policy: Child Welfare

BP11 Policy: Child Welfare

Explain 2 historical policies pertaining to child welfare and 2 current (or recent) aspects of child welfare not relating to out-of-home placement (aka “child welfare” as a part of DHS). 2 Historical Policies: 1. The creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established after the legal proceedings of a child named Mary Ellen. The police were not willing to act. Ultimately, a lawyer from the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty…

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Policy BP10

Policy BP10

Choose from housing, homelessness, or food policy. Trace historical roots (including at least 3 aspects or discrete pieces of legislation) and at least 2 current issues. Historical roots of housing: 1. The Housing Act of 1937 – this was America’s first housing policy. It’s intention was to provide financial assistance to the States, providing for safe, sanitary low income housing. 2. Housing Act of 1954 – Sought to renew urban areas by removing “blight” to attract middle and high income…

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Policy BP9

Policy BP9

There are two main philosophies regarding crime and corrections: rehabilitation (trying to help reform prisoners so they don’t reoffend) and punishment (giving consequences to those who offend as punishment and also a deterrent against future criminals). Based on what the book says, would you say the US has historically had a rehabilitative or punitive approach to crime? Do you see this continuing or changing, based on current issues and trends? Defend your position with at least 3 historical policies and…

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Policy BP7: Medicaid & Medicare

Policy BP7: Medicaid & Medicare

Describe Medicaid & Medicare, including how they are administered, who they cover, eligibility, and efforts to cut costs in each program. I used to get Medicaid and Medicare mixed up. I have benefited from the mnemonic device “you (medi)CARE for the elderly, you (medic)AID your child”. Medicare is an insurance program and the largest public payer of health care in the United States. It provides the elderly (65 and older) health insurance. It may also cover those with certain disabilities,…

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Policy BP6: AFDC to TANF

Policy BP6: AFDC to TANF

Explain AFDC & TANF.  Discuss the ideological and political changes surrounding the switch from AFDC to TANF. Describe the differences & similarities between the two programs. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was replaced by Temporary Aide to Needy Families (TANF) in 1996 under the creation of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) signed by President Clinton. Criticism of the AFDC included encouraging a single-parent household due to its “man-in-the-house” rule, in which required any able-bodied…

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Policy BP5: The Voluntary & Private Sector

Policy BP5: The Voluntary & Private Sector

Explain the role the voluntary and private sector have in social welfare. Describe at least 2 benefits and 2 concerns relating to the voluntary sector and/or the private sector in general. The voluntary sector in social welfare includes nonprofit agencies, charities, and philanthropies. The voluntary sector is an alternative to federal/state welfare system and for-profit sector. They are funded by philanthropy or programs like The United Way. Two benefits of the voluntary sector: There is a great variety of marginal…

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Policy BP4: Poverty & Unemployment

Policy BP4: Poverty & Unemployment

Discuss at least 2 ways poverty and unemployment are measured as well as how these measures affect pictures of poverty or unemployment. [For example, would the poverty threshold or poverty guidelines measure higher? How might this affect legislation regarding poverty.] 2 ways poverty is measured: The Poverty Line: This is the official threshold the federal government uses to determine poverty and eligibility for government programs. The poverty line is calculated based on family size and the assumption a family spend…

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Policy BP3: Religious Roots of Social Work

Policy BP3: Religious Roots of Social Work

Trace the religious roots to social work and examine how social work and religion coalesce and/or diverge today. Make sure to point out at least 4 historical roots, 1 place of coalescing, and 1 divergent point in your analysis. US social welfare has been influenced by Christianity. From the (1) early Protestants, there is a heavy emphasis put upon work in the United States. Poverty was handled on a case-by-case basis within a town, with an emphasis on poor children…

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BP2: Policy Development & Advocacy

BP2: Policy Development & Advocacy

Formulation: This level is about assessing needs or demands from constituents and/or think tanks. Ways social workers/concerned citizens can advocate at this level: – Calling and meeting with representatives about what you’re concerned about – Organizing a letter writing or social media campaign with other concerned individuals about an issue (Rocha, Poe, & Thomas, 2010) Legislation: This level is the process of gathering evidence, testimony, input, ect on legislative issues. There are special interest groups, lobbiests, who are hired to…

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