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.
Casey asked: What is it like to be a human services worker in America today?
Findings & Stats
More than 80% of human services workers said that it was easy to burn out on their jobs, according to a 2003 survey by the Brookings Institution.
Cars over Kids
At the time of this report the median hourly wage of child care workers in America was $7.44. The mean hourly wage of parking lot attendants? $8.66.
Career In Demand
From 1998 to 2008, the occupational demand for social workers is projected to increase by 36%.
Statements & Quotations
Every day, human services workers tackle urgent problems and make pivotal choices in the lives of needy kids. Yet to an alarming extent, the caretakers are themselves overworked, underpaid, ill trained, hamstrung by excessive regulation and frustrated by inadequate support.
Without skilled, experienced and committed workers, efforts to reform or substantially upgrade care for fragile children and families cannot succeed.
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