Santa Clara County Social Workers speak out for children at risk

Jan. 11, 2011 – Some 80 job cut notices are being sent out this week to Santa Clara County Workers. One of the hardest hit departments is the Social Service Agency. In response, dozens of workers lined up on Tuesday to let the Board of Supervisors know the impacts on families, children and the community would be nothing short of devastating.

Program manager Jonathan Weinberg put it in simple terms for the Supervisors: “The question isn’t can we afford these services? The question is can we afford not to have these services?”

Weinberg’s job is safe from the coming layoffs, slated to take effect Feb. 9. But like all others who spoke, job safety is not their No. 1 concern.

“Our job is to help parents reunify their families. Without these services, families will have a harder time getting to the place they need to be to make their families whole again,” said Wendy Edwards, a 16-year veteran Social Worker I.

Social Worker I’s like Wendy play a key role in the Department of Family and Children’s Services. Without them, the case-carrying Social Workers who are responsible for court-mandated tasks will be overwhelmed and children will fall through the cracks.

The Board will vote on budget cuts and approve the layoffs on January 25.

MEDIA COVERAGE:

– Watch video below: Kron 4, Jan. 11, 2011.

– KQED, Jan. 11, 2011 (Forward to 55 seconds):

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