We are happy to announce that National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) has chosen JusticeWorks to serve as one of their providers for Family Engagement Services in the 11 counties that make up Region 4. We are honored to be partnering with NYAP to provide this great service to families referred by DSS. Our main goal is to support families and prevent children from entering or remaining in foster care. We do this by seeking out additional family members that can support the children, identifying resources needed, and becoming creative with solutions to problems that affect our families.
We currently have a great team of four coordinators who have been gone through extensive training and supervision in order to provide services such as Family Team Meetings and Family Group Conferences.
The program started in January and we are proud to say that we have already held eight successful services to identify creative solutions to keep families together. We have a wonderful team, stay tuned to learn more about the work they are doing! read more…
JusticeWorks BehavioralCare is pleased to announce that Krista Godek, LISW-CP, has been promoted to become our Executive Director in the State of South Carolina!
Krista’s career began in education as a Special Education teacher where her concern for children led her to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work and then becoming a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts. She worked in a variety of educational and treatment environments before joining JusticeWorks BC as a Supervisor in 2014. Her passionate commitment to our work and her skills led to several promotions, the last being our state-wide Director of Operations. She has deepened our commitment to quality service, and helped lead the continuous expansion of staff and services throughout the state.
Krista exemplifies the JusticeWorks philosophy of creating a great place to work, building strong teams, and supporting staff to do their best while assuring accountability and doing ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve positive outcomes.
Recently we responded to an Erie County CYS RFP to provide Visit Coaching services. We were pleased when our proposal was selected by Erie County as one of the finalists and we were invited to discuss our proposal in person. Our team attending the meeting was Dan Heit, President; Errone Cody, Regional Director; Dipesh Chauhan, Director of Business Development; and Doug Conroy, Allegheny County Visit Coaching Program Director.
We were excited and honored to hear that we have been awarded this important project to help reunite families with their children. We look forward to a positive partnership with the Erie County Office of Children and Youth. JusticeWorks YouthCare will provide Visit Coaching services according to the tenets of the Marty Beyer Model of Visit Coaching which builds family strengths to promote reunification. This service is now being provided by us in several other counties, including Hamilton County, Ohio. read more…
Robert McGee was one of our first staff in our Schuylkill County branch. As our programs there have expanded rapidly, Robert was promoted to become a Supervisor.
Robert’s commitment to ‘building better futures for youth and community’ extend to his after work activities and he serves as the President of the Mahanoy Area Biddy Basketball Association. He has volunteered his time with this association for over 10 years. The Basketball Association focuses on developing youth’s basketball skills while connecting them with positive role models, having a positive impact on the lives of the Mahanoy City youth, families, and the community.
Robert coaches basketball for Kindergarten and 1st-grade teams. Robert, knowing charity begins at home, was able to secure sponsorship from JusticeWorks for the 5th and 6th-grade girls’ team. The JusticeWorks’ uniform must carry good karma as the team has a 5-1 record! Keep up the great work, girls!
We appreciate and applaud Robert’s involvement in the community.
Left to right: Dan Gruver, JWYC Supervisor, Danielle Haines, JWYC Case Specialist Supervisor, Todd Kline, Clarion County Children & Youth Services Director, Tony Ross, JWYC Director, & Denise Johnson, Children & Youth Services Deputy Director
In partnership with Casey Family Programs and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children launched the Porchlight Project to lead in public policy reforms that ensure all children grow up in families where their needs for safety, permanency, and well-being are met. The Porchlight Project issued its first annual “State of Child Welfare” in 2009 on how well Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is performing in meeting the needs of children and families impacted by the system. This year’s report compares data over a 5-year period and indicates that Pennsylvania has experienced positive outcomes in the past five years in its continuous efforts to improve their child welfare system by implementing family-focused child welfare strategies. It is the goal of the project to increase positive outcomes and to significantly reduce the need for foster care placement. read more…
Groundbreaking Work Done by CYF Director Mark Cherna Reflects Well on All Social Service Constituents
Since Mark Cherna was appointed Director of Allegheny County Children Youth and Families in 1996, he has been a reformer on a mission to improve the human service system. Building trust by engaging clients and constituents within Allegheny County, Mr. Cherna has worked to ensure the ethical, unbiased treatment of the children and families CYF serves. He has been pivotal in many initiatives including working with foundations to consolidate administrative functions into one building, constructing a combined data management system that includes several hundred million records from multiple sources; and his most recent contribution, a groundbreaking risk-modeling tool featured exclusively in Allegheny County, helps child-welfare intake workers make better decisions that prevent families from being subjected to unnecessary investigations and allow caseworkers to spend valuable time helping families in need. As one of the most celebrated and longest-serving directors of welfare departments in the country, Mr. Cherna has helped Allegheny County Children Youth and Families become a leader in DHS services throughout the nation. Kudos to Mr. Cherna!
JusticeWorks YouthCare is proud to partner with Mr. Cherna and his Allegheny County team in our shared mission to build better futures for children, families, and the community.
The full editorial can be found online here.