Newest Endowed Chair Works to Stabilize Child Welfare Staffing
First as a young Boston Catholic Charities caseworker helping pregnant teens, and then as a distinguished social work professor, Brenda McGowan, D.S.W., had dedicated her adult life to helping children in peril.
Fordham's newest James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies is well versed in the ways in which systematic pitfalls can fail or harm children who already have been abused or neglected by their families. She spent 42 years as a child welfare advocate and 33 years on the faculty of Columbia University's School of Social Work before joining Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service (GSS).
McGowan, the author of five books and investigator on countless funded social service research projects, was among a select group chosen to discover why New York City's outsourced child preventative service programs have unusually high employee turnover.
A revolving door of employees in the grassroots agencies, McGowan said, makes adequate training and professional delivery of child preventative services more difficult. Yet these programs - designed to aid children and families before abuse and neglect gain a foothold - are the critical first line of defense against the dissolution ofthe family.
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