Originally Posted by u-dog
Don't be too quick to assume the worst about the caseworker. These people are notoriously underpaid and labor under absurdly large caseloads. Offer to work with him/her and be as supportive and positive as possible and you will stay in the middle of their radar screen and at the top of the pile.
...if you will forgive me.
Look. Here's the deal. Hubby is getting his Master's in Social Work. I know the drill: there are lots of social workers who are overworked and underpaid. I know that. That's no excuse.
And yes, it's a great idea to try to get this case on top of the pile- as it were- but the reality is that this mess is a mess because someone isn't doing their job.
I don't think that's an assumption: its an assessment of the situation.
Do we know the 'caseworker' actually IS a caseworker? There are tons of people doing 'casework' who do not have the qualifications
worthy of the name.
Let me be loud and clear here: being 'nice' doesn't always make things right. And being loud and mouthy doesn't always get one what one needs either.
One has to know whom
one is talking to and what the situation actually is
, not what one supposes
it to be, or taking things for granted.
1) Is the agency handling this case certified by the state?
2) Is the 'caseworker' actually trained to do what her or she is doing?
3) Is bias involved in some way?
4) Is the agency involved in some way that it should not be? (kickback under table?)
These are important questions to figure out. The caseworker is just the icing on the top of the cake!