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 Issue 07.2017.11 - November 2017

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The Healthy State of the U.S. and California Job Market: A Snapshot of Economic Indicators

From the West Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. …

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Northern California Wildfires – October 2017

By Danielle Wermund, Communications Specialist, CSDA

We all have been concerned with the number of disasters from hurricanes in the southeastern United States and nearby islands, as well as other tragic events in the news worldwide. We started hearing about the sudden outbreak of wildfires overnight on October 9 in Northern California, and our hearts went out to everyone impacted. …

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My CSDA Board Term

By Carrie Topliffe, Interim Public Health Director, Santa Barbara County

Front row seat available!  I’ll be ending my term on the CSDA board at the end of December and urge YOU to apply for it.  It comes complete with many fond memories and some juicy stories that I’ll be happy to whisper in your ear once you get elected at …

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Homeless Children Matter - Part 2

By Tara Turrentine, Homeless Youth Coordinator El Dorado County Office of Education

El Dorado County Child Support Services has selected Homeless Children Matter as the beneficiary of fundraising efforts for the next annual CSDA training conference in May 2018. You were briefly introduced to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in the September One Voice Newsletter. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the …

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Agile Approach to Strategic Planning

By Maureen Leif, J.D., President and Founder of Grays Peak Strategies

The idea of agile strategic planning came from the most unexpected place, as most great ideas do, in a conference session with child support directors from all across the nation talking about strategic planning. One of the participants, who was being brave and honest, said, “Why do we even …

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RECAP: 2017 WICSEC

By Natalie Dillon, Director, Yolo County DCSS

I had the privilege of attending the 2017 WICSEC (Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council) conference in September in Anchorage, Alaska. It was a particular privilege as California’s own Tamara Thomas, Director of Human Resources, Stanislaus County was the presiding President. As an Honorary Lifetime WICSEC Board Member, I am a member of …

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Customer Contact Resiliency Training

By Maria Arzola, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, NoThreat.com

As child support professionals, we work in the human services field and it is very rewarding but can also present challenges. At times, we see our customers at their not-so-best and they often share their frustrations during low points in their lives, which may result in self-harm threats.  It is extremely unnerving …

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Legal Practices Corner - November 2017

Reporter COLIN ANDERSON, Lead Attorney, Yolo County DCSS

Something to think about: SHOULD OUR COURTS BE SANCTUARIES FOR LITIGANTS? The CSDA Legal Practices Committee (LPC) meeting was held telephonically on September 15, 2015. A “walk-on” topic that engendered a lot of discussion was the issue of the special challenges for undocumented individuals in appearing in California courtrooms.             The question …

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Meet Your Peers

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Kelley Cote

Kelley Cote, Director, Lassen County Department of Child Support Services

Growing Up I am the firstborn of 5 (yes 5 girls). They are Stacy, Jennifer, Dena and Kristin. I was born in Chester, CA, where my dad was a Deputy Sheriff and my mom stayed home. When I was 5 we moved to Susanville because my dad could make more …

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Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D.

Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D., Director, Los Angeles County CSSD

Family History

On May 9, 1952, I was born in Jersey City, NJ, to Joe and Delores Golightly. Two years before that, my mother and father were on a vacation in NC (where my dad was from) and my mom went into labor early with my sister. The hospital was not …

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CSDA Executive Director's Message

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The Important Things in Life

By Ross Hutchings, Executive Director , CSDA 

This past couple of months have been marked with many tragic events. First were the devastating hurricanes and the destruction they brought. Then I attended a Celebration of Life for one of my dear friends who died from Alzheimer’s after a diagnosis at the age of only 58. Also, I attended the memorial service …

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Micro Breaks Prevent Injuries

By Jeff Symons, MSE, CEAS, CEAC – Rehabilitation Engineer

One of the simplest ways to prevent a plethora of injuries and poor health that comes from stationary work, especially spending hours on the computer, is to take short breaks I call micro breaks. They are nothing more than stretch breaks but should occur frequently throughout the day. I recently read …

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EULA – It’s Time to Read Them

EULA – It’s Time to Read Them

By Michael Menz, Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, eDiscovery, Investigations & Forensic

Let’s talk about EULAs, clicking agreements without reading them, and what to do when you become a victim.  EULA—it’s not a foreign name—it means End User License Agreement. This is the contract between you and the owner of the service, program, or app you are about to use. An …

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People on the Move - November 2017

Who’s going where? This is a great opportunity to let us know who is promoting and or joining your organization. These are their new positions. Would you like to let us know who is moving and where? Send email to Stacy Gray to share in our next issue of OneVoice. BUTTE Athena DeWalt  - Child Support Specialist II (Promotion, 9-23-17) …

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Complimentary Webinar Training Opportunity

 

Microsoft Word 2016 *

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017, (10 - 11 AM)

*This is a CSDA members-only benefit

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Poverty Simulation Training

Registration Fee $25

Sacramento County DCSS

November 29, 2017

Redding City Hall (Shasta County)

November 30, 2017

 

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Mark  your calendar and plan to attend!

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Hilton Arden West, Sacramento, CA

Registration fee $25

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2018 CSDA Annual Child Support

Training Conference & Expo

Monday, April 30 – Thursday May 3, 2018

Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, California

Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

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This is your newsletter. We want to hear from you!

What would you like to see included, what would be most helpful, what would make this a look-forward-to publication? Also, share with your peers and fellow child support industry professionals your good works. If you have done something within your county that you are proud of, have some promotions …

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2017 Child Support Attorney Sourcebook

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$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

Please note: The books available were signed personally by author Dr. Kathryn J. Edin during one of our training events.

 

2016 The Face of Child Support in California

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