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Letters to the Editor

Caseworkers and social workers need protection

In response to both Brian Bartoz (“DCFS needs a police division,” Jan. 28) and Jim Faivre (“DCFS police not a good idea,” Feb. 4) regarding their recent perspectives offered in the Reader’s Voice concerning solutions for DCFS:

Mr. Bartoz, I feel, gives a thoughtful and viable solution for protecting the heroes (caseworkers and social workers) of the Department. Mr Faivre’s argument of increased penalties is diminished by the actual judicial outcome of a sentencing plea deal of Andrew Sucher.

To protect and defend the most vulnerable in society, our children, policies need to reflect the value we put in the people who are charged with this responsibility. Let’s find out from the social workers on the ground what they need and how they will feel safe and secure. I propose not too many of the staff would agree that an angry parent facing his or her child being removed from the home will be swayed by the thought of an increased penalty and decide to act differently.

These situations are rife with emotions and are very volatile. Partnering social workers to make home visits safer is the right course of action.

Yes, law enforcement has been brought in when they are available. The outcome for Pam Knight may have been different had law enforcement been available for the second stop.

Investing in proper resources in manpower, training, and equipment shows we value both the child and the caseworker. Our communities will be stronger.

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