Social Workers Rally In Frankfort

There's concern in Frankfort that thousands of social workers could lose their jobs because of state budget cuts.

Dozens of social workers gathered in the capital rotunda on Tuesday afternoon, pushing for laws to help them.

Some workers fear the current budget could cut as many as 3,000 social worker jobs. If that happens, some say the result could be devastating.

"Well, what it would do is double the caseloads or triple the caseloads and when you have that many numbers, you can't possibly serve them. You can't visit them and then things happen and people say, weren't you doing something?" said Ed Wunsch with the National Association of Social Workers.

The general assembly passed social worker protections, called the Boni Bill, last year.

Now, there's concern that cuts could prevent them from putting some of those safeguards into place.

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  • by MELANIE Location: LOUISVILLE KY on Jul 20, 2008 at 04:20 PM
  • by helen Location: stanton on Mar 24, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    this is so sad
  • by Caring For Kids Location: Central KY on Mar 20, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    Will I think that the DCBS needs to be reorganized from the top to the bottom. Most SW don't know what the other hand is doing. There is NO RULES for them OR when they break rules or don't follow standard of practice (look it up). THE SYSTEM IS A JOKE ALL THE WAY AROUND. There are great social workers to that actual care about the CHILD(ren). What needs to happen is fix the system to a degree that helps the KIDS and Hire qualified people that know the way things HAVE TO happen for the sake of the CHILD and that it is a real LIFE that your messing with not a game that is going to end tomorrow for a family. For the SSW sake they are overwhelmed with the stuff they do but the cabinet needs to be worried about the KIDS not paperwork that is mainly not used or ever seen don't get me wrong they need to make sure the actions are correct but silly things that don't matter to anything compared to a CHILDS LIFE. We as people of this state need to think where the problem really lies. FRANKFORT
  • by Citizen of Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 20, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    Clearly, there are so many people who have no idea what the social work profession is really like. It is not Social Services who sends the kids home, that is done by the judge. People can be so judgemental of something that they have no comprehension of.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    The state needs to get rid of the contracted employees pay that wasted money to state employed Social Workers. Take care of your own first. I've been a state social worker for almost ten years and worker in the Adminstrative side of Social Worker after being in the field for years and I see a lot of wasted revenue on contracted services that could be going to our own folks.
  • by Karlie Location: Floyd Co on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    I am so fed up with Social workers any how. For years they have let kids be abused and do nothing. Social Service is so corrept that it isn't funny. There has been several kids that I know been taken from their parents that shouldn't have been taken. THere is children that should have been taken so very bad and they let the kids go right back into the abusive home. I say do away with social services and come up with a better service for the children.........I hope they all lose their jobs because they don't do anything any how but drew a pay day...
  • by Tonya Location: Louisville on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    Well, I hope the Governor's schedule will allow him to carry a caseload of 25/30 cases per month and do home visits.
  • by Chris Location: Elizabethtown on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    It seems that the majority of the social work profession advocates for everyones rights but their own. I know a social worker that lives in government housing. Maybe it's time that we organize and fight against our own oppressors? Big companies on military basis get all of the social work contracts; then, licensed social workers are paid a sub-standard wage. I am currently making 12.02 an hour, but they call it salary. When I have to work 12 I only get paid for 8, but if get sent home because of a snow storm we have to put it on a PTO, paid time off sheet so they can deduct 12.02 an hour, is that how salary is supposed to work? NO! I am 45 years old and had went back to college after two back surgeries, and I can only find low paying jobs after spending 5 years in school. In fact, I earned 12 dollars an hour as a plant janitor when i was 24 years old. The only difference now is that I have 5 more years of education and I owe 30,000 dollars for an education that has not benefited anyon
  • by Dorothy Location: Lexington on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    I attended the rally yesterday. March is Social Work month and the gathering in the rotunda was for the officially declare such, which was accomplished thru new Commissioner Jamie Miller. If there are cuts, current workers should come to Frankfort and REALLY show what a protest is like. Take a cue from what the teachers did several years back! And you retired CPS folks need to contact the new admin and let them know what makes the work so difficult and the expectations so unrealistic. Good, really good people have given up and left because of the current situations. I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic sw's. Unfortunately it is the unmet needs and tragic stories that make the news. There are dedicated people that care about the vulnerable, the victims,and those that have special circumstances. To them, THANK YOU! You are appreciated more than you know!!
  • by Betty Location: Eastern Ky on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    I think that it is pathetic to even mention Social Workers to have cut from their jobs. It is a disgrace how much work we do, how much paper work, how under paid, how impossible it is to work up to 30 cases right now per worker have to visit them once-twice a month, and most places are residential. So with that being said how are they going to serve the people with the right services if they overload the Social Worker more than they already have???? Were on a freeze, isnt that good enough????
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