CFS Update: Fighting for Change at the OC BOS
Dear OCEA member,
The campaign to win improvements for Social Workers in CFS continues.
Earlier in May, we sent a survey to CFS workers to hear in your words about the struggles you face as Social Workers. These stories were meant to provide human context to our core demands for change. These core demands are:
- CFS’ culture that fails to focus on workers and their needs
- Unreasonable and unsustainable caseloads
- Insufficient staffing levels
- Lack of emotional support for workers who deal with secondary trauma
OCEA organizers shared your stories directly with the Orange County Board of Supervisors on May 24, 2022. Remember, the County of Orange is governed by a five-person Board of Supervisors. These elected officials make decisions relating to all County functions, which includes all County agencies.
Our message was clear: WE MUST HAVE OUR CORE DEMANDS ADDRESSED AND WE NEED TO SEE TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE.
OCEA Senior Social Services Supervisor Kerensa Schupmann introduced the issue and OCEA staff read a letter into the record. Our letter was addressed to the Board of Supervisors and described the urgency of the situation in your words.
Please watch the video above to see what happened at the meeting. You can read the full letter here.
If you want to be a voice for your specific program so we can win changes at all levels, please email Kerensa Schupmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Date: May 31, 2022