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Discussion 1

Child Protection Agencies Infographics

In this discussion, the focus is on examining agencies responsible for child protection. You will sharpen your technology skills by creating an infographic about a specific agency. Infographics are a way to visualize data and information using text and graphics and can be powerful instructional tools, as noted in the Teaching With Infographics presentation and further explained in the Week Two Instructor Guidance. Prepare for this discussion by reading Rubin (2012) Chapter 1, the Principles and Philosophy resource, and the Week Two Instructor Guidance. Then, using the software of your choosing, be sure to attach or link to your infographic in your initial post. Your infographic will be included in the Week Six Final Project.

Initial Post: Create an infographic using the software of your choice that includes the following:

  1. An engaging title for the infographic.
  2. A summary of a specific child protection agency’s vision, mission, guiding principles, or philosophies.
  3. A summary of how the agency’s philosophies, principles, and key policies support or align with the philosophical tenets promoted by the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) 1997.
  4. At least one image in the infographic.
  5. A references section that cites all information summarized in the infographic, including the child protection agency you researched and at least one other local, state, national, for-profit or non-profit organization.



 

Discussion 2

Play! Which Programs Will We Keep?

In this discussion, you will continue examining child protection services by evaluating the effectiveness of child protection resources from organizations that provide information and support for at-risk families. Specifically, we assess the outcomes of parenting programs for at-risk families using role-play. To prepare for this discussion, review any of the various chapters from Rubin (2012) listed in the Recommended Resources for Week Two, as well as the Week Two Instructor Guidance. When responding to this discussion, depending on the first letter of your last name, you will select either theCalifornia Department of Health Care Services website or the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services website and speak from a specific role about whether to keep or terminate a specific program that supports at-risk children and families.

  • If your last name begins with A-M, speak from the role of a Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services official who wants to maintain an existing parenting program that supports at-risk children and families.
  • If your last name begins with N-Z, speak from the role of a State of California Director of Health Services who wants to eliminate a specific parenting program that supports at-risk children and families to reduce costs for the state.

Initial Post: Speaking from the role you are assigned, write an initial post about whether to keep or eliminate a specific program that supports at-risk children and families. Use the two websites listed above, the recommended Rubin (2012) readings for Week Two, and at least one additional scholarly source to provide support for your argument. Be sure to state which role you are assuming in this role-play activity and the specific program you are discussing at the beginning of your initial post. Next, write your argument as a formal letter to the citizens of your assigned locality (i.e., either LA County or the State of California). Your letter should be written succinctly (i.e., it should not be lengthy) and persuasively and include a specific call to action (i.e., to either keep or eliminate a specific program).

 

Assignment

Supporting Families At Risk: Website Construction


This assignment provides you the opportunity to begin early construction of your website by building a foundation from which to continue development during the remaining weeks of this course and finalize in the Week Six Final Project. To prepare for this assignment, review the website creation options listed in the Recommended Resources for Week Two and the Week Two Instructor Guidance. Next, begin creation of your website using the content and written communication instructions below.

Note that for the two topics learned thus far; poverty and child protection, only pages with placeholders are created. Summarized information and artifacts pertaining to these topics will only be evaluated in the Week Six Final Project. However, at any point during the course, you may consult the Final Project requirements and add things at your own pace. Use the Grading Rubric to review your assignment before submission to ensure you have met the distinguished performance for each of the components described below. For additional assistance, please contact the instructor using the Ask Your Instructor discussion.

In a single-page Word document, include a link to your website and the title of your website. Also include your definition of at risk. Submit your assignment to the course for evaluation.

Content Instructions

  • Website Title – Homepage (1 point): A descriptive title for the website located on the homepage of the website.
  • Definition of At Risk - Homepage (2 points): Your working definition of the term “at-risk” located on the homepage of the website crafted during Week One.
  • Poverty Page (1 point): Create a page including section headings for an Overview of Poverty, Support, and Resources. Be sure to link the page to the homepage.
  • Child Protection Services & Child Maltreatment Page (1 point): Create a page including section headings for an Overview of Child Protection Services and Maltreatment, Support, and Resources. Be sure to link the page to the homepage.
  • Homelessness Page (1 point): Create a page including section headings for an Overview of Homelessness, Support, and Resources. Be sure to link this page to the homepage.
  • Students at Risk Page (1 point): Create a page including the following section headings; Professional Presentation and Professional Application. Be sure to link this page from the homepage.

Written Communication Instructions

  • Syntax and Mechanics (1 point): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Required Resources



Text

·        Rubin, A. (2012). Clinician’s guide to evidence-based practice: Programs and interventions for maltreated children and families at risk. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

·         Chapter 1: Introduction: Overview of Child Welfare Services and Empirical Support. (Pages 3-7). This chapter supports your response to Week Two Discussion 1.

Websites

·        California Department of Health Care Services. (2014). Services. Retrieved from http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/default.aspx

·         This website from the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services provides links to a variety of services available for families and children. This website is a required resource for the Week Two Discussion 2.

 

·        Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (http://lacdcfs.org/index.html)

·         This comprehensive website provides tabs by which to navigate to services provided for a variety of groups at risk (e.g., parents, youth) and categories of services (e.g., health, careers). Browse the various tabs as you use this required resource to prepare for the Week Two Discussion 2.

·        National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). (2014). Principles and philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.nicwa.org/technical_assistance/taphilosophy/

·         This NICWA website explains this organization’s principles and philosophy. This resource is required for the Week Two assignment and may also be of use to you for completion of the Week Two Discussion 1 where you will create an infographic about philosophical tenets of a child protection agency.

 

Recommended Resources



Text

·        Rubin, A. (2012). Clinician’s guide to evidence-based practice: Programs and interventions for maltreated children and families at risk. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

·         Chapter 2: The incredible years: Evidence-based parenting and child programs for families involved in the child welfare system.

·         Chapter 5: Parent-child interaction therapy: Implementing and sustaining a treatment program for families of young children with disruptive behavior disorders.

·         Chapter 11: Project support: Reducing conduct problems of children in violent families.

·         Chapter 13: Global goals and specific skills; Integrating motivational interviewing into child welfare practice.

·         Chapter 19: The Nurturing parenting programs; Preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

Article

·        Community Toolbox. (2014). Chapter 1 section 6: Some core principles, assumptions, and values to guide the work. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/model-for-community-change-and-improvement/core-principles-and-values/main

·         A service of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, this Community Toolbox website provides a wealth of information about the Community Toolbox service and provides a thoughtful discussion of what guiding principles, assumptions, and values mean in the context of this organization’s mission. This resource might be useful for students while completing the Week Two Discussion 1 infographic activity as well as for the Week Two Assignment.

Multimedia

·        Johnson, L. (2012, October 12). Teaching with infographics [Presentation slides]. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/lisamariejohnson/teaching-with-infographics-14705260

·         This presentation provides a definition of what an infographic is and explores strategies and tools for creating effective infographics including links to other sources of information about infographics. This presentation is a recommended resource for the Week Two Discussion 1.

Websites

·        Daily Inforgraphic (http://dailyinfographic.com)

·         This website provides example infographics on a variety of topics ranging from healthcare to zombies! Use this recommended resource to gather inspiration for the infographic you will create in the Week Two Discussion 1.

 

·        GoogleSites.com (https://sites.google.com)

·         This website creator tool is an option for creating your website for this course. Review the Google Privacy Policy before deciding whether to use this resource for your website.

·        Weebly.com (http://www.weebly.com)

·         This website creator tool is an option for creating your website for this course. Review the Weebly Privacy Policy before deciding whether to use this resource for your website.

 

·        Wix.com (http://www.wix.com)

·         This website creator tool is an option for creating your website for this course. Review the Wix Privacy Policy before deciding whether to use this resource for your website.

 

 

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