For this discussion, you get to be Esther Green in her role as a relatively new child welfare worker. Your supervisor wants to make sure you are staying up-to-date on current social policy areas that might affect your job. She has asked you to write a memo in which you choose one social problem from the policy priorities that are described by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) (, a national advocacy organization with wide-ranging interests in making children’s lives better. Follow the prompts below to develop your memo.

In your memo, please include the following components:

Describe the problem in one sentence.
Describe at least one cause of the problem.
Describe potential policy solutions to the problem.
Luckily, in addition to the CDF website, Esther also has her textbooks from her MSW policy class, and can use Social Work Speaks and Chapters 4 and 5 as resources.

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