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Rethinking Child Welfare
Christa Moore (University of Virginia at Wise)
When a family is referred to Child Protective Services, they’re often treated a lot like criminals on parole. But, the administrative work required to keep their families together can actually make it even harder to parent successfully. Christa Moore says that our child welfare system should operate more like collaborative care and less like bureaucratic punishment.
Families and Incarceration
Heidi Williams (Virginia Tech)
How does having a parent who is incarcerated affect young people as they get older? Heidi Williams is talking to 18 – 25 year olds whose parents were incarcerated at some point during their childhood. She found that many of them were extra-motivated to succeed and, particularly, to help younger siblings.
The Body Farm
Mary Ellen O’Toole and Anthony Falsetti (George Mason University)
George Mason University has a new farm lab. They’re not planting flowers or vegetables–they’re planting bodies. Mary Ellen O’Toole and Anthony Falsetti are professors in the Forensic Science Program at GMU and using their extensive careers uncovering crime to direct the new body farm.
Organized Crime after the Soviet Union
Jay Albanese (Virginia Commonwealth University)
When you hear “organized crime” you might think Al Capone or Pablo Escobar. But what about Aunt Judy who gave you that fake Prada bag? Jay Albanese says that the average consumer should pay more attention to their own role in propping up organized crime. Albanese was named an Outstanding Faculty by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia.
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