I was up next for an intake, it was “law enforcement waiting,” so I grabbed my bag and went! I was greeted by a sibling set whose mother had been taken to jail. I looked down at the kids and said “Mommy has to get better, so you guys are coming with me.” One of the kids was a little girl, about 6 years old, she quietly told me from the backseat of the car, “I know what it means when you say ‘My mommy needs to get better.’’ I turned and looked at her from the front seat of the car, and the words that came out of her mouth next felt like a knife punctured a hole in my heart. She looked down and said “Mommy promised me she wouldn’t be in jail on my birthday again.” I asked the question, the question I didn’t want to know the answer to.., “Is today your birthday?” She nodded, yes.
Let me say it loud and proud, there is alot of darkness in child welfare, but when there is something to celebrate, social workers go ALL IN! Within an hour of being in the welfare office, this little girl, who by all accounts, was having the worst day of her life, had a bunch of birthday presents to open. And her siblings got ‘Care Boxes’ provided by Office Moms & Dads to open, all thanks to social workers with big hearts.
This month, try and see social workers for the human beings they are, whose soul is hurt a million times over by the stories they hear and see, and really SEE them. The pain, the worry, the dark they fight with everyday.