I’m Not Heartless

Let me be the first to admit, it’s pretty easy to become jaded working in child welfare. I feel like most of my time is spent trying to sort out truth from lie. Then, I have to call out my clients when I catch them in a lie. Then they tell me I don’t have a clue what I am talking about. It is very easy to get frustrated. Let me say that again, it is very easy to get frustrated.

This routine has been played out several times over in one particular case. I have had to confront this woman so many times on so many issues and yet every time she gets mad and insists that I am the one making things up. To be honest, I am just sick of it.

I can think of others I work with who hear me talk about the case and would say that I am a bad worker because I think my client is lying to me. This coworker seems to think it is impossible to be lied to by a client. She thinks I am too harsh in my judgement of the situation.

Let me be more clear: I am taking the word of a child over the word of her parent. The parent has a reason to lie, the child does not.

Deep down, I want this family to be reunited. I want it to work. I want change to happen. But right now I want these children to be safe.


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