Why did you choose a career in social work?
I chose social work because I like working with families. We all have struggles in our lives at one time or another and being in a position to help others and truly make a difference is the greatest job!
What are the greatest challenges at your job?
As a social worker we wear many hats and sometimes that can be a challenge. At times we are in positions to make very difficult decisions for children and families that make a lasting impact.
What are the greatest rewards at your job?
The greatest reward in my job is when I’m able to strengthen families and support systems in order to ensure children are living in a safe and nurturing home.
What could people do to help make a difference in the lives of foster children?
I truly believe that it takes a village to help a child and their family. Getting involved in organizations that help support local children and families helps ultimately strengthen our community. There are so many great organizations in the Mitchell area that do this such as CASA, Mentor Moms, Big Friend Little Friend, or by being a Foster Parent.
Do you have a success story you'd like to share?
I worked with a child who came into care, was placed in multiple foster homes and reunification could not be achieved. All the child wanted was a “forever family.” The child ended up being adopted to a forever family. Finding a permanent adoptive home for the child will always be my “success story.”
I have also had the pleasure of working with many parents whose children were able to be returned to them and to a safe and nurturing home. I enjoy having contact with those families from time to time and see how well they are still doing.
Tell us about CASA's role in your work.
I work very closely with the CASA volunteers in the Mitchell area. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some fantastic CASA volunteers. By working together with the CASA volunteers, we can truly make the biggest impact in the lives of families in a positive way. Their work with children and families is critical to ensuring safety and permanency of the children they serve.