It’s July 20-something, and one of our offices has already reported intake numbers into the 20’s. Let me say it another way. More than 20 children have been removed from their homes due to severe abuse or neglect – one for each day this month – and this is only counting one child welfare office. It makes my heart hurt.
We’re a little over halfway through the sabbatical for our volunteers, and I am torn. Was this the right thing to do? Should we have pulled the program from so many child welfare offices experiencing insane intake numbers this month? Oh man. Suddenly I feel guilty for enjoying poolside chats with friends, and long lazy mornings where Netflix is king.
I have to remind myself why we made the decision to step back.
- Self Care keeps us refreshed and focused when crisis looms.
- It’s our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our ultra-dedicated volunteers. My momma always taught me to say Thank You.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder. We miss seeing our social workers in the halls and we miss doling out smiles to kiddos who need a little extra love, and we hope they miss us too!
It is in my nature to fix, help and meddle where I shouldn’t, so it’s hard to step back and not try to fix these intake numbers. All I have is this blog (an insignificant microphone on an infinite world stage) and some incredible people behind me (not insignificant at all). All I can do is ask if you will help me. Join me. Step up and take part in what we’re trying to do to answer the plight of children and social workers. 20 children in 20 days from one office. Families are broken, social workers are hurting, and children are caught in the middle. We must do something about this. Join us… whether your support comes in the form of one day a month, or your connections in the community, or a financial sacrifice… 20 children in 20 days must not go unanswered.