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News Items – November 30, 2012

Family Equality
Foster children placed in homes with same-sex parents flourish as well as those adopted by heterosexual parents, found a UCLA study examining at-risk children and their adoptive families. In fact, same-sex parents often adopted children who had more challenges than their peers, with these kids ending up doing as well as those facing fewer obstacles.

Social worker helps deployed sailors ‘stop and breathe’
The Virginian-Pilot
Lt. Jennifer R. Ayers, a clinical social worker, conducts an interview with a sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima. Ayers is the first Navy social worker to deploy with an amphibious ship.

Bridge health, social services to improve discharges
Investing in social work can lead to significant savings for hospitals by speeding up patient assessments and therefore reducing delayed discharges, according to a U.K. project. Established in November 2011, the Enhanced Intermediate Discharge Team and Community Care Project brought together hospital social care and nursing staff from St Helens Council, the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS commissioners and community services, and the St Helens Home Improvement Agency.

Low Vision Resource Center helps blind and visually impaired residents
“Life wasn’t the same before the radio,” Roser said by phone. “Now I’m more independent and I can find more resources.” For the past 10 years, Roser has used the services of the Low Vision Resource Center, one of the area nonprofits featured as part of the San Antonio Express-News’ 18th annual Grace of Giving series.

Justice in the Margins: The intersection of law and social work
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Neighborhood Legal Services (NLSA) is conscious of the social service needs that legal services clients present in addition to their civil legal needs. That is why NLSA has developed The Law & Social Work Partnership Program to ensure that clients get the support and key social services they need to achieve more comprehensive and longer lasting solutions to their legal problems.

The ABCDs of Impact Investing and Social Enterprise
Huffington Post (blog)
How do we train a new generation of professionals who want the market savvy a business school offers and the social insight our policy and social work schools currently offer? And how will we measure the success of our social enterprises and impact investments that generate a blended value of social and financial return?

Son shares reality of Alzheimer’s
UT The Daily Texan
In a lecture sponsored by the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival in the School of Social Work, families learned how to maintain their own lives while tending to relatives with Alzheimer’s disease.

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