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News Items – November 22, 2013

Adoption, foster care interests hold out hope with legislature
newsobserver.com
The groundwork for the General Assembly session that began in January was laid in conversations among child-welfare advocates and sympathetic legislators. “For whatever reason, there seemed to be interest in that area,” said Matt Anderson of Children’s Home Society, which ended up receiving money to run the pilot project with the state.

A Grief That Won’t Heal
Parade Magazine
But sometimes, for reasons that scientists are just starting to unravel, the grief lingers, even intensifies. Until recently, unresolved mourning had no name or formal psychiatric diagnosis; it was often simply considered depression. Now, mental health professionals identify it as a condition: complicated grief. “The estimate is that about 10 percent” of bereaved people experience complicated grief, says M. Katherine Shear, M.D., director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice promotes Schetting to Hospice Administrator
The Sparta Independent
Marlina Schetting, MSW, LCSW, CT has been named as Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice’s new Administrator. …Schetting has been employed professionally with the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice for more than 23 years but her association with the organization goes back to February of 1986, where she started as a hospice volunteer.

[Video] Subcommittee Hearing – Dying Young: Why Your Social and Economic Status May Be a Death Sentence in America
Senate.gov
Sabrina Shrader, one of the panelists in this hearing, is in the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program at Concord University, and is the Program Assistant for the Upward Bound program at Concord.

Forty to None Launches Network For Professionals Working With LGBT Youth
Social Work Helper
The Forty to None Project, a program of the True Colors Fund, announces the launch of the Forty to None Network. The Network is a collective of individuals who are working to address or have the potential to impact the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness.

Black, Hispanic end-of-life views rooted in faith, family — and mistrust
The Christian Century
Race, religion and a sense of the role of the family all play into end-of-life decisions for African-Americans, “and you cannot disentangle them,” said [Karen] Bullock, a professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

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