The Role of Social Workers

March is National Social Work Month in the United States. In honor of this, here is a brief look at the role of a social worker in child welfare.

Caseworker, adoption worker, case manager, licensing agent— social workers in the field of child welfare have various titles. Though the focuses of their jobs might be different, the role of the social worker remains the same: to “protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance” (Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.).

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The Only Reason I Make My Bed

My little sister made my bed the other day. I came in and there she was, propping up the pillows.

“Oh, wow. Thanks Sweetie,” I said. She nodded.

“Yeah, when I see your bed not made, I make it ’cause maybe a social worker will come today and I don’t want our room a mess.”

“Good point. I’ll remember to make it tomorrow…”

Realities (from Vermont)

On Friday a worker for the Department of Children and Families in Vermont was fatally shot. The shooter appears to be a mother who was angry about losing custody of her child. The social worker left behind her own two daughters and husband.

It is a tragedy, happening in a parking lot near the state courthouse. It is also a reality social workers and other family workers face everyday. They often have no idea what they are stepping into when they go to a home to check on a child.

…Just keeping in mind that social workers have a hard job; but a job that is needed and changes many people’s lives for the better.

Read the story here >