4 Difficulties in Child Welfare by Emily Panganiban

  1.  Many people that outgrow the foster care system don’t have ongoing familial support. Often, homelessness is the consequence for lack of support. This is why it is so important that transitional services and programs exist for children that age out of the system. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)
  2. There are so many cases of child abuse and not enough judges. According to DiNitto and McNeece (2008, p. 247), judges “often have as little as four minutes to devote to a particular child’s hearing”. Four minutes is such a short amount of time to hear a child’s case then decide on their placement—a social worker’s assessment of the child’s situation is pertinent to making this decision.3o7abkjnla3n2yqhe0 via giphy
  3. A foster home is not always the best place to be for the child. Without proper training or being an adequate fit for foster parenting, a foster parent’s home can be an unsafe place for a child. It’s up to a social worker to train and make sure foster parents are suited for the task of taking in a child. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)
  4. Working in child welfare is stressful. For the large amount of work that is placed upon them, social workers do not get paid enough and, as a result, “…child welfare staff turnover commonly exeeds 30 percent a year” (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 257).                                              krin0djscxhya via giphy



DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

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