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Jessica Pryce

6/2/2024

We’re Building On a Bad Foundation

I love playing the game Jenga, and I am not alone. Jenga, an imperative form of the Swahili word, kujenga (meaning to build), has been sold in over 100 countries and has sold more than 100 million sets since Leslie Scott created it in Ghana in the 1970s. 

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5/20/2024

In Defense of Increments

In child welfare, take the small victories and wisely build on them. The reflective journey serves us far better than the finish. 

5/13/2024

Rhode Island Public Officials’ Solutions to Abuse in Residential Treatment Centers: Dumb and Dumber

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There’s a scandal involving horrific abuse at a residential treatment center. No, not the one in Arizona, or the one in Kentucky, or the one in Tennessee, or Indiana, or Utah, or Oklahoma, or Washington state or Arkansas, or Connecticut or — well, you get the idea.

5/6/2024

Real Public Safety Means Centering Our Youth

Real public safety requires a true, earnest commitment to building infrastructure in disinvested communities.

4/29/2024

A Rare Glimpse of American Unity

A new poll reveals a consensus that crosses many political lines as Americans remain deeply committed to vulnerable children and families.

4/22/2024

FAFSA Debacle Will Hit Foster, Homeless Youth the Hardest 

New problems with the application process for federal student aid will hit foster and homeless youth hardest if professionals don't step up for them, writes Mauriell Amechi

    Jessica Pryce

    4/15/2024

    From Agents to Activists: Child Welfare Needs a Mindset Shift 

    Jessica Pryce on the need to shift how we are training the child welfare workforce to see their role in helping families

    4/1/2024

    Foster Care Panic in Minnesota? Not So Fast

    Richard Wexler argues that a stronger presence of family and legal advocates has steeled Minnesota against foster care panics

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    3/25/2024

    Be Honest, But Encouraging, with New Child Welfare Workers

    After two previous columns on workforce, I have a few final thoughts on how we can recruit talented, committed team members. Though schools of social work were once a source of training and mentoring for aspiring child welfare professionals, some professors are encouraging their students to steer clear of what they perceive as the toxic work.