Sometimes, I found myself in a position where clients or other people involved in a case would talk to me about their apprehension, frustration, or sadness surrounding the situation. I struggled with knowing “what to say.” I realized, though, that my response often mattered less than the fact that I was listening actively and attentively.
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” So goes the expression, and one that I have often suggested as a mantra for foster parents in their dealings with their Department of Social Services (DSS) caseworker. You see, as foster parents, my clients occupy rarefied space, without precise legal definition. Foster parents cannot demand answers from the […]