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September 12, 2007

University gets social work training grant



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The social work program at Shepherd University has secured a grant application of $183,316 through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide training.

Co-principal investigators are Dr. Geri Crawley-Woods and Dr. Douglas C. Horner. The grant has provided more than $1.4 million of additional funding to Shepherd since 1993.

The grant provides three components:

· Supports students who are selected for tuition and stipend support each year to prepare for employment as child protective service workers with the DHHR.

· Provides training to non-social work credential employees of the DHHR throughout the 15-county region of Eastern West Virginia and other areas of the state. The training focuses on beginning and advanced ethics, issues of separation experienced by children in foster care, substance abuse, basic interviewing, introduction to child welfare services, preserving connections between foster children and their biological parents, culturally sensitive practice, and human growth and development.

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· Preservice training to foster parents in the eastern region of the state. The training is part of a statewide initiative to increase the number of potential foster and adoptive parents to meet the needs of the 3,000 children in West Virginia who are in foster care.




Rep. Kauffman to host senior fair



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, will host a free senior fair Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old County Market building at South Gate Shopping Center in Chambersburg.

The event will feature door prizes, food, free health screenings and information important to older citizens. More than 75 vendors from local, county and state agencies will be present, in addition to local businesspeople and elected officials.

The fair is being sponsored by the Village of Laurel Run.

For more information, call Kauffman's district office at 717-264-3943.

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