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We bring together the community and policy makers together to solve the problems we’ve identified. Our main focus is promoting relationships. For children, we want positive, nurturing relationships whether that means reunification with the family, or starting a new story with a foster family. For front line workers, it requires stabilization and support to create a stable, passionate workforce.
Successful foster care systems hinge on stable and active frontline workers. Strong relationships must be formed not only between child and adult, but also community and frontline worker. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Invisible Kids works hard to support frontline workers and ensure that the foster care system is working for the community and employees.
An excerpt from a speech by Aiesha Walker, a member of Children Service’s staff of 25 years, is reproduced below.
“Please don’t continue to say we’re doing the best we can with what we have. Require us to do better with what we have. Require change. Failure to do so will forever have unjust and disparate outcomes for children and families of this county, particularly those who are African American.” -Aiesha Walker, Children’s Services Staff with 25 years of service
Invisible Kids acts as a link between the community and the county politicians. Below you can find documentation on our progress, and you can read more in detail about our programs here
We are constantly working toward a better foster care system. We’ve made great progress in the past few years but there’s plenty still that we strive to fix.
|What We Have||What We Need|
|Community outrage when the system fails and a
child dies of abuse or neglect.
|Sustained community interest and engagement.|
|Dozens of federal and state laws the system ignores.||To obey laws already in place and follow federal mandates.|
|Millions of dollars funneled to the system and wasted.||Adequate oversight and accountability.|
|Caseworker turnover rates higher than some fast food industries.||A stable and well-supported frontline staff.|
|Quality, mandated training provided for free by the state, but not accessed by county caseworkers.||Time, support and encouragement that allows frontline staff to attend.|
|Dwindling number of dedicated and experienced veteran staff.||Increased protection so they are empowered to speak out about internal problems and share their suggestions for improvement.|
|Dedicated foster parents who quit because the bureaucracy is so unbearably frustrating.||Foster parents who are treated as team members and feel heard and valued.|
|Relatives begging for the return of kids removed from their parents.||Responsive, well-trained staff investigating relatives for placement in a timely manner.|
|Biological parents in need of services and support.||Access to quality services in a timely manner combined with connection to a caring community.|
|Public data related to numbers of kids in custody and county compliance with federal mandates.||Easy access and engaged citizens who review it and advocate for systemic improvement.|