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Friday, June 1, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: from the perspective of a Caseworker

A caseworker's job is heartbreaking, challenging, and can be extremely overwhelming.  We encourage you to read today's post by Jenna - a worker in the trenches - as she shares her heart with us!  To those of you who serve children and their families in this way, we honor and appreciate you!  ~ TFI

Last week, I got a call from my supervisor saying I was receiving a new case. There is always an anxiety that overwhelmes me the minute I am assigned a new case. It means there is a child in my community that has been neglected or abused, which could mean 100 different circumstances. This isn't God's design for children. Children are innocent, precious in God's sight, and it breaks His heart to see the horrific ways parents treat their children.

My supervisor went on to say that my new case was a two day old baby. She continued on that the mother had such high levels for illegal substances, they were off the charts. That meant this baby has been exposed to illegal substances. It is not fair, plain not fair for this precious little two day old baby. He doesn't deserve this, yet he is a victim to his mothers poor choices. Since his birth, he has been in the emergency room, due to his drug withdrawls. He has to suffer through the withdrawls and reprocutions because of his mother's choices. Honestly, my initial reaction is to blow up at this mom. Not only did she expose her little baby to hard drugs, she ran from the hospital right after she gave birth, abandoning him. God has taught me alot about love..unconditional love, since I started working in foster care. It is not my job to judge this mother and her choices, but it is my job to be transparent for Christ and show this mom the love of Christ. It is my job to show her that just like Christ redeemed me in my sin, He can redeem her if she chooses to follow Him. It is my job to show this mom the Gospel message.

Often times, I think it would be easier if I would just run, run far from these issues. Sometimes these problems seem so overwhelming, I don't know where to begin. I can run, or can I be right where God wants me to be. I challenge each of you who are reading this to search out where God wants to use you in caring for the orphans. Not everyone is called to be foster parents, caseworkers, etc..but God does have a specific place He wants to use YOU in caring for the orphans. God doesn't suggest caring for the orphans, His Word commands it. Are you willing to go where He wants to plant you?

Jenna Rieker

Jenna graduated from Bradley University in December 2010 with a Bachelor in Social Work. Jenna has been working at a local social service agency as a child welfare specialist since she graduated. Jenna feels God's calling to continue her education in the field and work towards her Masters in Social Work, in hopes to learn how to better serve the forgotten in the community. To read more on Jenna's experiences working in foster care, you can follow her blog at walkinglifewithchrist.wordpress.com.

1 comment:

  1. Jenna! Such wise words. And, so much compassion. Bless you as you continue to serve these precious ones!!!


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