Critiquing Child Welfare

When it comes to finding fault, there’s never a shortage of people lining up to point fingers and lay blame on failing child welfare systems. The state agency didn’t do enough to protect a child. Inadequate supports are provided to youth aging out of foster care. Reform efforts have failed. We have failed our children.

We have failed our children. Yes, it’s true. Thousands of children in the US are abused….daily. Nearly a half-dozen children die of child abuse daily. A child enters foster care approximately every two minutes in the United States. What is wrong with our child welfare systems; the systems established to protect children? Why can we not figure this out and end child abuse and the need for foster care?

Perhaps we are looking in the wrong places for answers. Perhaps the answers are in our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities. Maybe, just maybe, we need to look at ourselves and ask, what am I doing to protect vulnerable children?mirroring-711926_1280

I’ve previously written on ways to get involved in the child welfare system. If you are one of the thousands shaking your head wondering how we could have failed our children, perhaps you should ask yourself, ‘what have I done to prevent child abuse and the need for children to enter, or stay in foster care?’. You’ve likely heard the saying, ‘if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem‘. Take a look in the mirror. What are you doing to be part of the child welfare solution? What are you doing in your home, your neighborhood, your community, to be a part of the solution?


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Why We Should Care About the Duggar Drama and Why We Should Stop Talking About It

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The exposure of molestation charges involving the reality TV Duggar family (of 19 Kids and Counting), has been the topic of ongoing discussion and debate on social media sites recently. There have been two main camps, those who have reacted … Continue reading

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Healthy Healers: Broken People Can Make the Best Healers

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Recently, a faculty member providing oversight to a mental health program in higher education told me that many of her students had mental health ‘issues’ themselves. It’s a phenomenon known by many in the helping professions–people gravitate towards careers in … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons For a New Child Welfare Degree Program

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Currently, the field of child welfare is in a state of crisis, IMO. A workforce crisis, that is. Nearly every state has experienced significant challenges with recruiting and retaining a highly qualified workforce. This workforce challenge has resulted in child … Continue reading

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Time For a Change: Our Kids Deserve More

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A recent headline reads: Expert: SC Social Services hiring plan “ambitious,” will take longer than a year¹ The article begins with: “The [South Carolina] state child-welfare agency’s plan for hiring [200] more caseworkers is ambitious but will take longer than … Continue reading

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Elevator Speech For Those Working in Child Welfare

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I’ll preface my comments by saying that I’ve done ALMOST everything there is to do in child welfare. I’ve been a caseworker, a residential youth worker, a supervisor, a manager, a trainer, a foster parent, a CASA volunteer, a consultant, … Continue reading

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