Social workers at LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services bargained hard for an MOU that clearly specified what our caseloads should be and our timeline for achieving them. But the department has not met these goals.
On average, social workers in the Resource Family Support and Permanency Division (RFSPD) carry more than 80 case each and some are topping at 115. It’s unacceptable and we need to say so.
DCFS already was lagging, since 201,8 on this issue prior to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Now with all the budget challenges caused by COVID-19, the department is holding off on filling existing CSW and SCSW vacancies.
Meanwhile, demand for our services has not decreased. In fact, given the effects of the pandemic, it is expected to rise.
Though the children and families we serve come from all backgrounds, far too often, people of color – especially black children – comprise our clientele. They are already facing their disproportionate share of poverty and institutionalized racism.
If workloads and caseloads are too high, DCFS puts their safety at risk when our calling as social workers is to help protect them. It is our duty to take action.
We need to let LA County know that we understand the connection between caseloads and proper care for kids – and put them on notice that our mission to protect families is at risk. Sign the petition and let’s make our voices heard.
Together, we rise.