Some pictures: My first day of school and Zane being a funny uncle.
Lately...not too much has been going on! Jardan's looking for work still and I started school last week. My classes are going to be pretty easy--I'm even taking a PhD class, but it will be enjoyable and lacking in busy-work. I'm also taking a Social Work class on public policy (Mom thinks I'm CRAZY for loving it...well, maybe I am!) with a professor who I Adore (note the capital A)!
Also, for my Master's thesis (what I'm doing is actually called an Applied Project) I had to go to DES to get permission to interview DES employees and TANF recipients. I had a meeting last week with a DES Assistant Director and a lawyer from the Attorney General's office, and I nearly threw up I was so nervous. But they were both INCREDIBLY nice and very helpful, and I got permission as well as a bunch of information they had gathered for me. I had been praying for literally weeks that I would get permission, because without it I couldn't go on with my study! So, my planning is finally going to become a reality, and I hope I can find ways to help.
What I'm doing is researching the alignment of welfare policies and services with the needs of recipients. I found out a little while ago that, according to federal regulations, only 30% of the people using TANF (aka cash assistance) are ALLOWED to go to college, and of those who are ALLOWED to attend college, they can only go for a year. This is CRAZY to me because if we want to help people out of poverty, we have to at least PERMIT them to get more education! I'm not even talking about paying for education; I see a real need to change the regulations to allow them to go to SCHOOL! Any thoughts/questions? My plan: do research, and then figure out how to change this.