Advice to Caseworkers from Youth

advice to caseworkers from youth in foster care

We asked young people in foster care to offer advice to caseworkers. This is what they said.

How to Have A Positive Relationship with Young People in Foster Care

  • Get to know us as a person. 
  • Find out what we like. 
  • Know us as a person and not just what you see on court papers.
  • Always treat us as a real person with feelings and emotions and not as another case.

Show us you care

  • Make us feel important – know our names. 
  • See us more than once a month. 
  • Never treat us in a way that we feel that you don’t care because we will only model that behavior and the relationship will be lost.

Communicate with us

  • Return our calls.
  • Listen, listen, listen, listen more.
  • Answer our questions.

Be professional

  • Be consistent in time and effort. 
  • Focus on helping us, not being our friend. Be on time and do your job on time.
  • Follow through on your responsibilities.

Be honest and reliable

  • Don’t hide information from us and don’t sugarcoat situations. 
  • Don’t make promises you do not plan on keeping.
  • Be the one person we can trust to tell the truth, be willing to talk to and be completely open with.

Help us to be our best

  • Encourage us to keep moving forward in life.
  • Motivate us and give us hope that we can make it coming out of something like foster care.
  • Don’t give up on us – “stay in the fight.”
  • Give us dreams.  Respect us.  Reward us. Support us.