…for kids to come into care, apparently. My unit, which gets kids once they are removed from their parents and the courts are involved, has been flooded with cases transferring to us. Last week, I got 4 new kids and I am a little overwhelmed with the new cases. There is a lot to learn and get caught up on, all while trying to do everything else on my other cases.
The four kids are on two different cases – both cases came from Voluntary Services and the parents have substance abuse issues. Cases essentially go to Voluntary Services when there are concerns about the family but there is a belief that it may be possible to avoid the court process. Families work with Voluntary Services workers and address the concerns within a short amount of time. If the parents are not able to make progress, then the court gets involved. In both of my cases, the mothers agreed to engage in intensive substance abuse treatment. And both failed to comply with the agreements they made and did not follow through with treatment. Thus, the court was involved and they come to me.
I wonder why there has been such a spike in cases. Is it because it is the holidays? Is something up with the other units? Another theory is that kids have been in school for awhile and schools start becoming concerned about kids after they have been there for awhile. I wonder if there is data somewhere that shows when and if there are consistent trends.