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Vernita Thompson
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Vernita Thompson, MSW, attended the University at Buffalo and was an NCWWI stipend recipient in 2019. Although faced with many obstacles, such as working, attending school, and completing her internship all during the Covid pandemic and racial injustices, she has successfully completed her graduate degree program and began her advancement into leadership. Her dedication to justice in child welfare and supporting families are well recognized and appreciated. Read More
Jane Yang
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Jane Yang graduated with her MSW degree in May 2021 from the University of Georgia. She has worked in the child welfare field for 18 years and is currently the Permanency Field Program Specialist for Region 5. She also supports child protection services. Although Jane was not initially interested in going back to school, she acknowledges that one of her proudest moments was being selected to be part of the first NCWWI stipend student cohort in Georgia. Read More
Olivia Ben
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When first entering the social work program at the University of North Dakota, Olivia Ben, had goals of becoming a therapist. Fortunately, she landed her second internship with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation as a Foster Care Case Manager, which pulled her heart towards the child welfare field and working with Indigenous children and families. While completing her master’s degree Olivia was introduced to NCWWI and enrolled in their stipend program. Shortly thereafter Olivia graduated with her master’s in social work from UND in 2021. Olivia continued to work with MHA Nation, and after being there for only 10 months she was promoted from Case Manager to Family Preservation Supervisor. Read More
Alexandria Mills
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Alexandria Mills worked as a program assistant for the Department of Children and Family Services for five years before attaining her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After receiving her degree, Alexandria was promoted to the family service worker position. From there she grew into the team decision-maker facilitator role. One of her mottos that she lives by is "Passion is Free, Effort is Isolated".
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S&A Learning Exchanges

In an effort to support and empower you as child welfare professionals and social work students, NCWWI will be hosting a 3 part current issues series learning exchange with special guests to share their expertise. We are hoping this series will bring awareness to various issues and empower you to create a difference for yourself as well as for your colleagues. Topics for the upcoming learning exchanges include: 

  1. What is ICWA and How Can We Protect It? Implications of the Supreme Court ICWA Decision
  2. Addressing Moral Distress and Building Protective Factors and Resilience During Times of Systems Change
  3. Social Work Licensure: What Does a Social Work Graduate Need to Know and Do?
    • Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm ET (3:00 pm CT)
    • Registration coming soon!

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