When we think of social workers, we often imagine individuals who are involved in the intervention of child abuse and child neglect; individuals who are involved with child protective services and are often charged with the responsibility of removing children from a home that is not suitable for care. While there are social workers who are involved in these types of services, many are involved in other facets of family and social support.

Financial planning as part of forensic social worker education does not, necessarily, involve a lesson in personal wealth and stability. Instead, financial planning is designed to teach the social worker how best to assist families who are of lower socioeconomic status and financially unstable. To be a great resource to child protective services, or a great resource to families in need of other social services, all social workers should be well versed in financial planning and financial resources of lower income families. If you are considering a career as a social worker, or you are already involved in social work, it is important to understand the dynamics and importance your education will have on the stability of many families.

While your college degree most likely offers the foundation for managing societal issues, creating plans and development for improving family structure and society as a whole, there is little offered in terms of financial planning. Because most families in need of social services are of lower socioeconomic status, they often do not have the resources or tools to improve their long term outcome. While social workers are charged with the responsibility to improve a person's capacity to address their own needs, we find many social workers are simply ill-prepared to assist in offering financial guidance.

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