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Episode 282 - Dr. Felicity Northcott: International Social Service: The Social Worker for Social Workers

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:52:27 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Felicity Northcott, an expert in international child welfare, describes her work with International Social Services - USA. ISS is a global child protection and social service network of social workers and lawyers who connect vulnerable children, adults and families separated by an international border to the support, information and services they need.

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Average Rating: 5stars  just ask the question , Sunday, February 07, 2021

By Lauren A. Lovallo :

Thank you for such an informative, insightful podcast. I honestly had no idea that there was an agency that provided services in assisting foster care children with reconnecting to a foreign-born parent or relative. I currently work within the Department of Social Services and am doing my field placement at child and family services where the mission statement is family preservation. Guest speaker Dr. Felicity Northcott presents an interesting perspective on the pitfalls in identifying familial resources on a global scale. When foster children are not presenting as having foreign ties the question is simply not asked. That disconnect between the service provider and client is an injustice to our mission statement and most importantly our children both locally and internationally. The part that resonates with me the most is that twenty five percent of children in foster care have a foreign-born parent. Dr. Northcutt’s agency ISS-USA has been around for ninety-five years and virtually unknown to our local social services agency. As our current social climate is evolving, and with the opening of our borders we may likely experience an increase in the number of children placed in foster care. As social service providers we have an obligation to set aside our biases, self-reflect on the importance of family and cultural preservation and more importantly just ask the question. Thank you for such a valuable resource. I intend to share this information.

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