SEIU Local 509 represents caseworkers
at DCF, and more than 17,000 other human service workers and educators throughout the state.
However, for change to be enacted at the frontline-worker level, administrative and policy changes must be enacted that promote a strengths-based and empowerment model that will enable caseworkers
to develop more positive and supportive relationships with recipients (Anderson, 2001).
District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi to order CPS to take steps such as hiring more qualified caseworkers
and setting lower caseload limits.
2002), inconsistent caseworker
responsiveness, feeling left out of decision making (Kapp & Propp, 2002), and feeling vulnerable to and fearful of their caseworkers
And it has seen caseworker
Nannette Newman deliver and collect SSAFA tins with increasing frequency.
Job turnover for DHS caseworkers
is 16 percent annually, for a job that requires three to five years to gain proficiency.
Whereas all of the staff at the Miami Beach Center were fluent in Spanish and English, the staff of the Little River Center (at the time of this study) contained no more than two caseworkers
who were fluent in Haitian Creole and English.
The length of time a child can spend in foster care is alarming, however, and raises issues about what procedure or decision-making process caseworkers
adhere to in determining whether or not a child should be returned to his/her home.
are able to provide a "Continuum of Care" to children in need by optimizing agency workload, reducing time in locating services and foster homes for children, and having easier and more functional access into their data.
In April 2002, the CCRC agreed to look at Roden's case separately (it will look at Attwooll's in due course) and a new caseworker
took it on.
Given the power that caseworkers
exert, welfare offices need to use caution; predatory workers may pressure their clients for sex or drugs.
can be reached on 020 7008 0135, 020 7008 0230 and 020 7008 8706.