March Is National Social Work Month
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“Social workers are the lifeblood of the child welfare system, from caseworkers to therapists, to child-placing agency staff,” said Michelle Wells, Executive Director of CASA in the Heart of Texas. “Collaboration and partnership are key values in the social work field, and we share those values here at CASA.”
CASA volunteers with CASA in the Heart of Texas are community members who are specially trained to advocate for children in foster care. They work with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and other key child welfare advocates and professionals to ensure that the children they serve are safe and well. They get to know the child and speak with everyone involved in the child’s life, including their parents, family, caseworker, foster parents, therapists, and others so that they can make informed recommendations to the court about the child’s best interest.
One specific way CASA volunteers and caseworkers in Texas are working together to improve the lives of children and their families is through Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), a statewide Family Finding partnership with DFPS that creates and strengthens supportive lifetime networks around children and their families. Studies have found that one of the strongest indicators of child well-being is the number of present, caring and reliable adults in the child’s life. With CFE, CASA volunteers, DFPS staff, and others work together to build an adult support system for these children and their families – consisting of family members, family friends, teachers, mentors, neighbors, coaches, and others – that will last even after the case is closed.