The Meandering Social Worker

wandering : wondering : learning

I came across this story by chance. I can’t improve on it, it stands as it is, as an amazing example of the sensitivity needed in dealing with children who have been neglected or abused in some way. It’s why we do the jobs we do – whether we are social workers, foster carers or adoptors or any number of the allied professions. Thank you to the original author for being happy for me to re-blog her post.

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog

Marie, who is profoundly deaf, came to live with us at the age of 7 years old.  At first she appeared to be your typical “tom boy”, but then she began to exhibit symptoms of being something more…symptoms of being an actual boy.  Quite simply, she TOLD me she was a boy.  She would only wear boy clothes, (including boy’s underwear.)  She refused to use the Ladies Rest Room so we found the family and unisex restrooms if she had to go to the bathroom in public.  She begged me to let her get her hair cut short, but her birth mother’s rights had not yet been terminated and she would not give permission for Marie to get a haircut, so Marie would pull it up in a pony tail on top of her head and wear a baseball cap everywhere.  She looked like a boy and she acted like…

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  1. Thank you for sharing Marie’s story with your readers.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the social workers out there. They have a difficult job and the ones who have worked with us have been unfailingly supportive and knowledgable. Without them, I could have never survived 5 kids!

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