Give child-welfare workers more training


As I read the March 11 article Legislators propose improvements to ‘porous’ child welfare system, I wondered if the solution to improving the system is increasing child-abuse investigators educational expertise. The knowledge base in fields of that nature is generally learned by experience within the field more so than education.

A bachelor’s degree in a social-service field is, at least, necessary. However, more education doesn’t necessarily make you an expert in the area.

Perhaps putting more money into the services to help these families, having more follow-up contacts or an increase in random contacts after services have been completed are the solutions. Unfortunately, the government is holding the investigators accountable for things that are sometimes beyond their control. However, if the cases of families who are repeat offenders aren’t closed because the parents successfully completed a program, then maybe the lives of these children would be saved.

Travisa Skinner, Fort Lauderdale

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