AdvoCasey: Spring 2004

Who’s Taking Care: AdvoCasey Examines the Staffing Crisis in Children and Family Services

Posted March 22, 2004
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of AdvoCasey examines the pervasive neglect of human services workers in America. It’s centerpiece — a feature rooted in Greenville, South Carolina — goes beyond the statistics to share real stories about how these workers are struggling and what this means for the kids and families they serve.

AdvoCasey is a seasonal publication; each themed issue spotlights programs and policies that have made measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

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Key Takeaway

Casey asked: What is it like to be a human services worker in America today?

How are frontline employees faring in the fields of child protection, child welfare, child care, youth services, employment counseling and juvenile justice? In a nutshell: Not well. These workers are missing the esteem, experience, stability, training, pay, supervision and equipment needed to do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible.