The job of a social worker is never easy. Though rewarding in the sense that helping or improving the life of someone else feels great, the social worker’s job is often under attack – especially in cases involving children. Social workers are required by law to protect and ensure the safety of the children in their care. They are responsible for the child’s wellbeing even once in the hands of a foster parent or guardian.
Social workers are required to thoroughly assess and investigate potential foster or adoptive parents and their homes prior to the transfer of children into their care. Foster and adoptive parents are to also be informed of any special needs the children may have to make sure the parents are capable of providing proper care for them. There are some instances, however, when someone or something slips through the cracks. Sometimes children are abused or killed, or perhaps the foster family household suffers issues of their own as a result of the new family dynamic. When these unfortunate scenarios occur, who’s to blame? (more…)