Today was the final day at my job as a a data analyst at my current job in Child Welfare. As I posted about in a previous diary, the governor of Tennessee cut us out of the budget so we officially close our doors June 30th. Today was the last day for many of us so we had a big retrospective and shed tears and reminded each other that we were never in this for the good of the government, but we were in this for the good of the children of Tennessee.
I can't help but feel slightly angry at the entire process. I will give it to Tennessee that we all had a little over six months to find new jobs and that is far more than we were guaranteed if the contract was cancelled. I think what bothers me the most is that I feel that it was all political. Our organization was founded under a blue governor and the current governor is red. I feel like they were cutting out everything that had a tint of democrat to it, and that is not what is best for Tennessee, and that is certainly not what is best for the most vulnerable children in the state.
I have left the good graces of the state of Tennessee and will not be returning to a state job as I have found employment in the private sector. I believe that both Republicans and Democrats can find some common ground if they just tried to do so as many of my co-workers are staunch Republicans but even they realize that fixing the broken system of child welfare in this state requires a massive amount of work on both sides of the aisle.
Child Welfare cannot be, and should not be a red/blue issue. We should all care about the future of the children of our states and we should do everything to ensure that those people that are going to be the future social workers and resource (foster) parents of our states should have the best possible training. This is the only way to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children that are in our care.
Take this time to write to your governor and remind him/her that child welfare is important to you and you want to see excellent training for those people that will directly impact a child's life. It doesn't matter if you live in Tennessee or Hawaii because child welfare is important in all 50 states and territories of our country. Be out and proud for the children of your state because they need people in their corner. I may not be able to directly impact their lives any longer but I will always be an advocate for them and I hope that you always will be as well.
5:54 PM PT: Just getting 6 people to say that they'll contact their state legislature makes me so incredibly happy! Keep up the good work everyone. We're all in this together!