Child Welfare Exchange 2015

 

The International Child Welfare Exchange is now in its second year at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. In May 2014, the first ten MSW graduate students traveled to Israel where they learned and experienced international issues in child welfare. They shared this in-country experience with other faculty from the University of Oklahoma as part of an ongoing international elective exchange program generously funded by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. You can read more about the first trip here.

In early May 2015, the second group of students and faculty traveled to Israel beginning the second year of the International Child Welfare Exchange. It was a truly remarkable experience for all involved. We will welcome students from Haruv Institue in the fall. Below are reflections from a few students who made the trip. You can see more photos in the Facebook album.

Listening to the students and hearing their narratives was certainly the most profound experience for me. It was such a humbling and eye-opening experience both personally and professionally. Cultural influences are a foundational component to all areas of social work.

-Kate Quinton

“Going to Israel was a transformational experience. I will treasure the time I spent there for the rest of my life, and hope to return. Learning about their child welfare system in comparison to ours was extremely valuable and will inform my work as a social worker.”

- Celeste Prose

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