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For years, states across the country have been using specialty courts, such as mental health courts, to connect offenders with mental health and substance abuse disorders with community-based treatment and services. Still, many have struggled to keep people with mental illnesses from cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. At UNC’s School of Social Work, Assistant Professor Gary Cuddeback is working to improve the impact of these courts.
Although the number of U.S. children in foster care has declined over the last several years, UNC School of Social Work faculty continue to work closely with public and private partners to move even more of the nation’s 423,000 foster youth into permanent homes.
For 10 years, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), an international nonprofit affiliated with UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, has worked closely with individuals, children and families in Nairobi, Kenya, to improve their access to healthcare, education and employment. This summer, UNC faculty from the School of Social Work will team up with the humanitarian organization to explore how to help Kibera’s youth increase their financial stability.
A three-year focus on closing the achievement gap in Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools has shown some encouraging signs of success.
According to a UNC School of Social Work study, in a handful of schools where specific learning barriers were identified and targeted for improvement, third graders scored 1.67 points higher than expected on state end-of-grade (EOG) tests in reading compared to previous third graders at the study schools and third-grade peers districtwide. Similar results were found the following year when the students were fourth graders and scored 1.42 points higher on state EOG math tests.
The School is hosting a summer study abroad trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-June 1, 2011. Applications are due March 25.
This course will examine social issues, development strategies, and health programs in the new South Africa. Students will participate in an International Symposium at the University of Johannesburg May 24-25 on “Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development.”