Tuesday, July 19, 2016

In fiscal year 2015, parents owed over $115 billion worth of child support debt in total. The majority of the debt is owed by low-income parents with grim employment prospects and low levels of education, many of whom also have criminal records. Research from Professor Maria Cancian, Yiyoon Chung, Ph.D. '11, and University of Texas-Austin collaborator Carolyn J. Heinrich studied how child support debt balances affect payment patterns of fathers.


Read the article in the Pacific Standard



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sandy Hook, Ferguson, Baltimore, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and Dallas are among the far too many places where violence has recently wreaked its devastating effects. The senseless killings that took place during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, an elementary school, a gay bar during Pride Month, and targeted police officers, challenge us as a culture, as a society, and as social workers to bear witness to injustice and to strive to work harder to improve and change the circumstances that led these awful events to take place.


Black lives do matter; gay people should have places in communities; elementary students should feel safe when they attend school, and a 4-year-old should not have to witness a killing in the seat in front of her. These recent events have touched places in our hearts for which there are no words - there are almost no adjectives or nouns left to describe our shock and outrage for what has happened. All we know is that people in this country have experienced death in a manner that no one should have to experience.


After each incident, we can become overwhelmed by sorrow, anger, and noise from the news and social media. The noise often obfuscates the heart of the matter...

Friday, July 08, 2016

Victoria KnokeUW-Madison doctoral student Victoria Knoke has been selected by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) to be a member of the 7th cohort of the AGESW Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative.


Each year AGESW, with the support of the Gerontological Society of America, offers financial and educational support to 10 social work doctoral students who have completed their initial year of study, and show the potential to become emergent leaders in the field of gerontology. The award is designed to supply 10 doctoral students with new skills in instruction, research, and publishing. Students are provided ongoing mentorship by a member of AGESW and the opportunity to participate in a webinar regarding a topic of the cohort’s choosing.


With the traineeship, AGESW prepares students to develop a career plan that effectively demonstrates the extent of their knowledge and value in the field....

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Live Free, a UW-Madison student organization supporting students in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, will expand thanks to a $46,000 grant from student fees. The organization was founded by Caroline Miller, MSW '16, in 2014.


Read the article from the Wisconsin State Journal

Friday, July 01, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- According to one estimate, there are about 23-million pets in America that have no access to veterinary care. A non-profit associated with the University of Wisconsin is working to do something about that in Dane County, and is helping owners in the process.


Watch the video on NBC15

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