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Letters, Sept. 7

Committed to children

Many families in our communities face the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, housing instability, unemployment, criminal activity and addiction. Children in these families live in unsafe conditions, have difficulties with learning, experience medical issues and unstable family relationships.

It is the responsibility of the child welfare caseworkers to intervene in these situations, assess the strengths of the family and enact a safety plan for the children — a monumental task given often overwhelming issues that need resolution.

Sept. 9-12 is Child Welfare Caseworker Appreciation Week. The dedication of our child welfare caseworkers to the safety of children, finding permanent homes when needed, and providing the resources necessary to the well-being of these children is admirable. Their job is not easy nor always rewarding given the intractable problems faced by these families. Working long hours with families facing dire issues, they remain committed to the children of our community.

As a member of the Jackson County Citizen Review Board, I extend my appreciation for the ongoing efforts of our child welfare caseworkers and urge all to do so. A difficult job, well done.

Joan Rycraft


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