While many can connect with children and families through technology, some children still need to be seen.
In the midst of so much uncertainty, so much fear, I see so much good.
There is good in the essential work that must continue. Our first-responders, health care workers, gas station attendants, grocery store clerks, maintenance professionals, janitorial workers … they show us the good every day. We know that’s truly only the tip of the iceberg.
There is good in families who are spending more time together. They’re riding bikes together, brothers tossing the football in the front yard, and blocks of chalk art are drawn by children jumping in to do their part to spread joy. Indeed this time will be permanently etched in a child’s memories much like some of us remember other historical events.
But families are also carrying the overwhelming stress, anxiety and strain caused by unexpected job losses, unpaid bills and – now – multiple kids at home 24/7. They are seeking calm in the storm.
For them, there is good in the unsung heroes. Hidden amongst all this good who fly a bit more under the radar … the child welfare case managers and child protective investigators who protect vulnerable children. The home visitors who support struggling families. The counselors who provide literal lifelines to children coping with mental illnesses. Children’s Home Society of Florida has more than 1,000 of these professionals who wake up each day to serve those in need. And there are thousands more throughout our state.
With CHS, families can find the stability, guidance and practical tips they need to make it through another day. They find the compassionate listener who offers the advice that gives them hope for today, steps for success tomorrow.
These unsung heroes are also on the front line. While many can connect with children and families through technology, some children still need to be seen. Child welfare case managers still go out day after day, night after night to place eyes on children who – without the services these professionals provide – could be at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. And when a foster child was in the hospital last month, our case manager was right there with him.
To all of our heroes, the first-responders, the families and the unsung heroes, thank you.
The good will always shine through the shadows. And there is so much good shining in our communities.
Originally posted by: The Palm Beach Post