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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

When people leave

LOT'S OF FOLKS ARE JUMPING SHIP at the child welfare agency where I have been placed for my field practicum. Is it the furloughs? The caseloads? The morale? All of the above?

It's hard to say as a second-week intern, and I am trying to see the silver lining. I also am not judging people for doing what they need to do. I just did the same thing; I left a job that, for a myriad of reasons, no longer fit my lifestyle. I get it.

I do worry about the service delivery for the clients, of course, but the agency is doing whatever it can to garner support. Workers are coming from other agencies throughout the state to help, and the people who are staying, are working hard.

I don't know enough about the process to know where I can ease the load, but I am at the ready and I have made it clear that I am willing to help. My sister interns look very busy as I pass them throughout the day, so I know we can make a difference in these tough times.

Godspeed to the workers who need to leave and God bless those who choose to stay.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. Hi Ms T J,
    This is Edwin ... nice to see ur expressive words about ur cases and events ... really good...

    me a budding social worker, right now in Abu Dhabi as a Welfare-Executive, would like to take your experience and guidelines to discuss on my career in Social work... i've deep rooted confusions... can u help me to help myself ??

    Abu Dhabi

  2. Hi Edwin from Abu Dhabi,

    Discuss away! Can I help you to help yourself? I do not know the answer to that question, but it is always my goal.

    ~Ms. T. J.


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