Social Worker Public Square 2017-09-22T19:04:57+00:00

Social Worker Public Square

Insight and inspiration from others in our field.

Rethinking Foster Care

Molly McGrath Tierney | TEDxBaltimore

“Einstein gave us a definition of insanity; perhaps, we should review.” So says Molly McGrath Tierney in her provocative analysis of America’s child welfare system. The former director of Baltimore’s Department of Social Services fiercely advocates for foster care reform – and proposes a new way to move forward.

“I Wanna Be a Kid”

Motivational speaker Derek Clark sings a letter he wrote to his mom, who placed him in foster care when he was a child. The lyrics describe his journey through foster care and his desire to just “be a kid.” The letter – and song – were integral to Clark’s healing process as well as his desire to not let past decisions define his future.

Not Your Traditional Dads Group

Los Angeles-based Project Fatherhood is laser-focused on one thing: changing the lives of inner-city kids by helping their dads become better parents. Since 1996, thousands of fathers have participated in the program, with that number growing daily.

Foster Care Counts Celebration

On Mother’s Day, Foster Care Counts honored the selfless love, hard work and steadfast commitment of foster parents to better the lives of the children who call them “mom.”

I am a Social Worker

Bobby LeFebre | TEDxMileHigh

He believes in people. Bobby LeFebre, an award-winning writer, actor and social worker, delivers a passionate slam poetry performance describing the realities and redemption inherent in social work – and receives a standing ovation.

Social Workers as Superheroes

Anna Scheyett | TEDxColumbiaSC

“Superhero” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when describing a social worker. But Anna Scheyett says it’s an accurate description of the essential, yet often overlooked, role that social workers play in society.