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Out-of-pocket health-care costs for disabled children vary widely by state

The size of the financial burden on families with disabled children largely depends on which state they live in, according to a new study conducted by the schools of social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

According to researchers, parents in states with higher average incomes face smaller burdens – meaning in contrast, more vulnerable families in poorer states often pay more of their own money to cover their disabled children’s health-care costs.
 


Strong Couples-Strong Children program helps fragile families stay together

Strong Couples programStudies show that children from single-parent households are more likely to live in poverty and are at greater risk for problems affecting their health, cognitive development and behavioral and academic success. But in North Carolina, a UNC School of Social Work program geared toward strengthening the relationships of unmarried, low-income parents could reverse those trends.


Former social worker gives $1.4 million to the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work

AdairIn the 1950s, as a young social services worker in some of North Carolina’s most rural communities, Melvarene Adair didn’t fully grasp the important role she was playing in so many families’ lives.

Back then, she spent much of her time making home visits to determine how much financial help or “welfare” that households would receive. Adair, who earned her masters of social work degree from UNC in 1976, still recalls one home in Warren County, where the family cooked their meals in the fireplace over an open flame. 


School launches the North Carolina Clearinghouse on Family and Child Well-being

babyAssisting parents and children in crisis can be challenging, but a new Web site launched by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work should make it easier for communities and professionals to help strengthen families.  

The North Carolina Clearinghouse on Family and Child Well-being is run by the Family and Children’s Resource Program and it connects individuals and North Carolina agencies including schools, courts, and human services, with training opportunities and information they need to prevent and respond to child maltreatment and family violence.


UNC receives $375,000 grant for project to help local elementary schools

girlStrowd Roses Inc. and the Triangle Community Foundation have pledged grants totaling $375,000 to the Carolina Center for Public Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a three-year project that will benefit students in Carrboro, Ephesus Road and Frank Porter Graham elementary schools.