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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BP6: Growing New Leaders (& blog changes)

BP6: Growing New Leaders (& blog changes)

Using citations and key points from the Morse Chapter 7 (“Growing New Leaders”) text, explain 3 important elements of building a “leadership plaza.” In building a new model for leadership, Morse reports “for a community to achieve success, leadership must come from backyards and boardrooms (2014, p. 151). This means that communities must develop leadership from different perspectives and paths of life. With this perspective, a community will have a surplus of leaders ready to take up community issues. Traditionally,…

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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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GP BP5: Preserving the Past

GP BP5: Preserving the Past

Name a town from Morse Chapter 6 “Preserving the Past” and write about the problem faced by the town and two ways they successfully preserved their past. Cite aspects of importance from supportive text/articles. The city that stuck out to me was Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell was an industrial city but after WWII, the city greatly suffered when the demand shrunk and industries left the city. Morse described the city’s outlook as “hopeless” (2014, p. 129). However, in the 70’s, there…

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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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GP BP4: Types of Community Studies

GP BP4: Types of Community Studies

4 Types of Community Studies as listed from Harcastle (2004). Field Work Study: This is the kind of study uses informal interviews and observations from within the community being studied. This knowledge seeks to be holistic and find deeper meaning about a culture. Examples of feild work study include ethnography, which requires a researcher immerse themselves in a community. Community Power Structure Study: This type of study investigates the dynamics of power within a community by looking at its members….

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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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NASW Legislative Day

NASW Legislative Day

I went to the Oklahoma State Capitol today as part of NASW’s Legislative Day. It was my first (real) time at the Capitol and my first time meeting real legislators. I learned many new things but five of them are: Legislators aren’t experts in every field of policy they may vote on or even draft. As a social worker and constituent, I can help provide the extra evidence for my policy makers. Legislators are just people. They have their day…

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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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GP BP2: Post-Katrina New Orleans

GP BP2: Post-Katrina New Orleans

Post-Katrina New Orleans was challenged during rebuilding. Cortez (2006) reported the challenge in New Orleans centered on the fusion between expert knowledge, local knowledge, and on-going accountability during the creation of a comprehensive plan to rebuild the city. There were multiple plans created and much controversy over how to approach the poorer areas of the city, which prevented development. Alternatively, Cortez writes about the evacuees of New Orleans who relocated in Houston, TX. Although prospects looked grim, the The Metropolitan…

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