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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 6, 2020 12:49 PM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week (June 1-5, 2020)
I soon will introduce a House Resolution recognizing June 1-5, 2020 as Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week.

As Chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee, I have gained an even greater appreciation of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of children and families as caseworkers in the Commonwealth’s child welfare system. These caring, selfless individuals have chosen an extremely demanding profession that routinely exposes them to emotional trauma, perilous environments, crisis situations and unwarranted criticism. More often than not, their recompense is low pay, long hours, little gratitude and an adverse impact on their personal lives.

Yet they do invaluable work that unfortunately is becoming increasingly essential in our society. It is the difficult work of investigating child abuse, assessing safety, and initiating steps to protect children. It is the compassionate work of providing necessary services to families so that those families are prepared to care for and nurture their children properly.

At times, the work can seem overwhelming, if not impossible. Caseload overload, paperwork pileups, unrelenting pressure. All of it explains the high rate of turnover in this profession. Those who remain are truly special individuals worthy of our respect and admiration.

This resolution is one small way in which we can show child welfare caseworkers that we recognize the incredible work that they do. Affirmation of their dedication and sacrifice is the least we as legislators can do. Hopefully, we will be able to do something more tangible for them in the future.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR887