Among the powerful differentiators for Family & Children’s Place – the qualities and traits that make it the community leader in child abuse prevention, intervention and restoration – are our social workers, so as we greet March, we want to take this opportunity to very publicly recognize and celebrate them during Social Worker Month.
It’s a chance to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions social workers make to society. Daily, they confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities, and society and help create solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.
The theme for Social Worker Month 2018 is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” And our social workers — therapists, program directors, Family Support Workers, Clinical Team Leads – truly are all leaders, advocates, champions – for children.
Social Worker Month has been celebrated since 1984, when the White House officially recognized the appreciation. Past themes have focused on issues within society like AIDS/HIV, hate crimes, violence prevention, children in poverty, and homelessness.
The National Association of Social Workers sponsors the event each year to acknowledge the more than 600,000 social workers nationwide, each with incredible tenacity and talent, and each with amazing resiliency. They have to, given the work they do. Social Workers also are present throughout society.
In addition to working at social service agencies such as Family & Children’s Place, social workers work in government, schools, universities, and communities, the military, and health care organizations. They are the largest supplier of mental health services in the United States.
They are present in times of crisis, helping people with issues such as death and grief, and communities recover from natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. They are present in schools, helping students overcome challenges at home, including domestic violence, abuse, and poverty, to succeed.
And they are at the forefront of work at Family & Children’s Place, helping the most vulnerable, children and families hurt by violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect, understand and navigate the trauma, and then recover to live happy, healthy, and safe lives.
Social workers also are at the forefront of efforts to ensure rights and support for all, including women, African Americans, Latinos, people who are disabled, people who are LGBTQ and various ethnic, cultural and religious groups. Their support is invaluable in these conversations.
It’s impossible to enumerate the enormous contributions social workers have and continue to make; the world would be a bitter place without them.
So, please join us to recognize and celebrate our social workers and others who daily step in to help bring order out of chaos and conflict, and who help rebuild and restore lives.