Going into government, research, and community organizing is another option for caseworkers. These people continue working to improve their broader communities through advocacy and policy change. They generally attend graduate school before pursuing their careers. See below for stories from some people that chose this path.

Eric Brettschneider, MA, JD, NYC Assistant Commissioner, NY State Office of Children & Family Services

Eric Brettschneider has enjoyed a distinguished career in child welfare and human services, since his entry into the field in 1967 as a family court intake worker and child care worker. He spent 10 years as director of The Queens Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (now Safe Space), where he complemented foster care and child protective services with preventive strategies. In 1980, he joined the New York State Department of Social Services, where he worked on the implementation of the Child Welfare Reform Act. While Deputy Commissioner for The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), Eric promoted comprehensive, preventive services and was instrumental in creating a Child Protective Training Academy; advocating for the avoidance of sibling separation in foster care; starting minority controlled child welfare agencies; and beginning the movement toward decentralized, community driven, and integrated social services. As Executive Director of the Agenda for Children Tomorrow, Eric continued this work on behalf of New York City children and their families for almost 20 years. He also teaches at NYU. Eric is a recipient of the 2005 Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School and 2004 winner of NYU’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He served until March on the Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. Additionally, he is now the Assistant Commissioner/Regional Coordinator at the NYC Office of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services.