Luther College assistant professor of social work, Britt Rhodes
According to Britt Rhodes, associate professor of social work at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, students in her Fundamentals of Social Work Practice course crave pragmatic ways to support vulnerable people and their caregivers. Beginning in February, these students have a new way to serve their neighbors.
Respite Options of Northeast Iowa provides foster parents with an in-home certified care provider, enabling them to get away for a day, weekend, or vacation. Previously, these foster parents had to leave their children in another foster home in order to have any “time away.” Now this program has partnered with Luther College’s social work department to conduct the background studies for each applicant.
“Our students conduct in-person interviews [with respite applicants], do follow-up calls, and contact five references for each one,” explained Rhodes. The students do a background study and write a recommendation that is presented to Iowa’s Department of Human Services. more »