Tag Archives: social services

Social Work and the North Dakota Oil Boom

For decades North Dakota had been losing population. However, over the last five years, North Dakota has experienced an oil boom based on high oil prices and the use of hydraulic fracturing technologies (fracking). This boom has brought economic expansion and population growth to rural communities that had formerly experienced depopulation. What kinds of changes and problems can such a ... Read More »

State Budget Cuts Impact Child Welfare Programs

At a time when demand for child welfare services is growing and more investments are needed, the faltering economy is driving record state budget deficits and reductions in child welfare funding. NPR aired a 2-part story on this issue.  In part 1, Michael Petit, a social worker, NASW member, and President and Founder of Every Child Matters, was quoted regarding ... Read More »