It’s 2AM on Sunday morning. You are awoken by a call about the abuse or neglect of a child too young to explain what happened. You rush to the hospital and meet with the parents who say that nothing odd has occurred over the past several days. The medical staff have been tending to the child for hours and can only tell you that the child has an injury with an unknown cause. With no answers and a serious injury, the child cannot go home. Now the difficult work begins. You see if the family has anyone that could care for the child. You are relieved when the child’s grandmother arrives, and the child’s face lights up with familiarity. Tonight, this little one will sleep somewhere safe with someone they know.
From the CCDJFS Director’s Corner
The following is the first in a series about the complexities of child welfare and the work being done by the outstanding staff at the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS). Our series will include blogs as well as videos. We will be highlighting the perks and responsibilities of working in child welfare, testimonials, and so much more. This is designed to be a behind-the-scenes look into what child protective services is really like.
The protective services team at CCDJFS has over 100 combined years of experience in child protective services. Our caseworkers worked tirelessly in 2022, providing ongoing services to over 50 different families and completing 188 assessments/investigations. They also provide services to children and families upon request of the caregiver/custodian. CCDJFS caseworkers have vast knowledge of community resources and can connect families to specific services that will meet their needs.