|DIRECT ACTION: #BabyJayden|
5/18/16 Here's a look back at a community action by CA members to raise community awareness about kids in King County waiting for support. Learn more about this action at http://archive.wfse.org/tag/babyjayden/
DSHS Children’s workers in King County caught the imagination of the public and caused a social media sensation May 17 when they placed hundreds of baby dolls “at landmarks to raise awareness about high caseloads,” KOMO TV reported that night.
“They call it a crisis. The dolls (nicknamed “Baby Jayden”) represent children who are waiting for care.”
Each of the Baby Jayden dolls carried a card asking those who came across then to post a message on social media urging the governor and lawmakers to do more to lower caseloads and provide competitive pay to stop the recruitment and retention crisis among Children’s social workers.
“As the cost of living in King County rises, social workers across Washington state are struggling to stay afloat,” their online SLOG reported.
“As a result, according to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, there is about a 20 percent turnover rate for child welfare social workers.” https://twitter.com/strangerslog/status/732629327477624833
Public News Service: Seattle Social Workers Capture City's Attention with Baby Jayden Dolls
Social workers who attended the recent Mobilize Now Conference (Apr 30-May 1) brainstormed the idea of #BabyJayden to raise awareness and mobilize public support.
Here's a sample of tweets posted May17:
Help them create and echo chamber:Go here to track the #BabyJayden posts online. LIKE SHARE RETWEET to amplify their efforts.