16 Jun Three Reasons Why You Should Care For Caseworkers
When the primary focus is for the concern of the child we can easily forget those who walk alongside them on the front lines in foster care. Here’s our three reasons why we are compelled to take notice and take action in order to sustain our caseworkers.
1. Caring for workers is caring for kids
Low salaries, high caseloads, and emotionally exhausting work all contribute to making social work one of the professions with the highest turnover rates. Nationally, 1 in 4 social workers in child welfare will quit their job each year. As workers leave their jobs the children in their care are the ones who lose out. Studies have shown that one consistent social worker in a child’s foster care journey greatly affects that child’s long-term outcomes. One study found that children achieve permanency, which means they are adopted or placed into a permanent home, at the significantly high rate of 75 percent when they experienced foster care with one consistent social worker (Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, 2005).
2. The struggle is real and really isolating
Caseworkers are fighting a fight in which not all of us can participate. They are uniquely placed so that they are serving on the front lines—a place most of us do not have access. They are among those who see into the darkest parts of humanity, a mission field filled with brokenness and despair, and earnestly seek to reconcile and restore. There are many people serving in the field of foster care, but because of their distinct role, they are isolated. They carry with them stories that many of us don’t ever know or see, a privilege to us who are then allowed to live unexposed to the devastating affects of sin in our city, and a burden to those workers who carry that weight alone.
3. Jesus is our perfect caseworker
More than any other reason, we care for caseworkers because Jesus cared for us. He humbled himself and entered into our sin and brokenness (Philippians 2:7), reconciled our relationship back to the Father (2 Corinthians 5:18), and served us to the point of death on the cross (Philippians 2:8)in order to make way for our adoption into God’s family. In His resurrection, Jesus offers us the hope of glory to come, that brokenness will come to an end and we now persevere against the darkness with an eternal promise that one day all things will be restored.
Let’s care for our caseworkers as they care for our kids. Let’s point them to Jesus, the one who is constant for us, takes the weight of our burdens, and who gave us an eternal promise that He will restore all that has been broken.