Happy Social Work Awareness Month

It is finally here something I can honestly say I take much pride and joy in!!

National Social Work Month. 

So you know the funny saying “be careful what you ask for” well that’s exactly what happened to me.  I always knew I wanted to help people and give back in some kind of way.  I started working in the social work field about 2 and half years ago.  I never thought I would be here.  I started as a social service caseworker working for the Department of Human Resources. Like most state jobs I thought I would be working a typical 8-5 shift.  Well that was not the case! I took on a job that demands never end. 

I remember when I received my first case load. Over time the children on my case load became like my children.  I was there for any and EVERYTHING that happened with them.  I make sure all my children were taken care of.  Becoming a social worker was not easy, especially with my minimal experience.  I can recall my former director stating that when I was given a directive I repeated everything that was said.  Of course I did not realize that but you always want to make sure that you perform your best work daily.  As you know in any job it will have its ups and downs. Social Work is a very demanding job. You have to make Sure that you are cut out for the tasks. Some days I questioned if I made the right decision. I was in a continuum of endless days and sleepless nights but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I've experienced so many accomplishments and rewarding experiences while being a social/foster care worker! I've witnessed children receive a forever family, gone to many training's, and learned about finding permanency for each child.

In the end you have to be extremely passionate to work in this field. You have to be able to lay down and sleep knowing that you did your best to help a child. Now I’m still in the social work field where I help women inmates gain a successful re-entry back into society. I feel like I still know my purpose and that is to help people and give back. So if you see a social worker make sure you say “Happy Social Work Month.”

I want to give a special thank you to ALL the social workers out there how have and continue to work tirelessly for our children. It's not always the easiest of tasks but in the end its always rewarding.

-V. Wright

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