What inspired you to get into the field of foster care and adoptions?
My background in counseling and mental health helped lead me into the world of foster care and adoptions. I met many foster youth who were unable to be fully seen or advocated for in their cases and realized this was what I wanted to do. As a social worker I can help children avoid getting lost in the cracks of the system and champion their voice.
What do you love most about working in foster care and adoptions?
I am given the constant opportunity to witness and be part of a team larger than myself. A group made up of community members from different service providers that pull together with youth and families to ensure the best outcome for children in need. This is not only rewarding but uplifting that our work does make a difference and it is not only one person or one agency working to make positive change in this world.
What would you like families to know about foster care and adoption?
It is not an easy path to take but it is always worth it. The connections and impression one makes on these children is unforgettable. Working with families means we are a partnership and they become part of our team and are surrounded by a support system. Often, the kids are not the only ones who learn and grow as individuals in this atmosphere.
What makes kids so amazing?
My work with kids and youth puts a smile on my face. Children are often full of surprises and make me laugh. They are more knowledgeable and aware of the world around them than often given credit for and see the delight in the small things. Kids remind us to be grateful, be mindful, and that even the smallest beings deserve our love and respect.