Posted by Casey
Do you slip into stilettos to run a marathon?
Would you slather on sweet-smelling lotion before slogging through the Everglades?
Have you ever heard of Mt. Everest climbers leaving all the sub-zero gear at base camp?
A little closer to home:
Do you take Monopoly money to the market, leave your gas tank on empty before a road trip, or forget to feed your kids (or your animals…or yourself) for three days?
Of course not. How ridiculous.
Every day, all day long, we plan our day and prepare for those plans.
How is it, then, that we invite children who’ve experienced trauma into our homes with so little preparation?
In a perfect world, a good social worker will thoroughly understand the child’s case and recommend training or reading material for the caregiver weeks ahead of time.
We don’t live there.
We reside in reality, where wonderful social workers are buried in paperwork and policy, or are overburdened by the number of cases they’re assigned. They’d love to provide training and make recommendations but simply have no time.
Or, as was our case, the workers are less than stellar, burned out, close to retirement and just wants to clear their desks with the least possible effort.
The responsibility, then, falls to us.
We must prepare to become experts in order to defend our children.
What excuse do we have for ignoring available information?
Read. Learn. Recognize. Advocate.