Social Workers Stand Up for Single Parents PSAOn November 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I never plan to be a single mom. To do
better by my kids, I moved to a bigger city. My sister lives here but we don’t
talk much. I work two jobs, which doesn’t leave much time for my girls. Sometimes
I’d even let my eight-year-old babysit her little sister. But I thought hey
that’s what my parents did. Then the girls got in a fight and my youngest
went to school with bruises. Her teacher reported it to Family Services. A social
worker named Denise was sent to our home I was terrified she would take my
children–that I had failed as a father. Instead Denise made me realize I needed
help. She talked to my sister and my sister offered to watch the girls after
school. She paired me with a local adoptive family program. They offer meals, childcare even helped me buy my kids clothes. Denise got the girls into a
great after-school playgroup and she found me a support group for single
working parents. I’m not alone in this anymore.
Denise changed our lives. Social workers really do stand up for others.