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Child Welfare Professionals Recognition Day

 

Annually, the Florida Legislature designates the second Monday in May as “Child Welfare Professionals Recognition Day” to recognize professionals who dedicate their careers to helping children victimized by abuse or neglect.  While we honor this special day, we celebrate our amazing child welfare professionals all year long. Meet just a few individuals who help us accomplish our mission each day:

Nyasha Nedd Wright

I’ve always worked with children in some capacity, but never thought I would end up being responsible for keeping them safe from harm.
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Kevin Duff

I have always enjoyed working with children and teenagers, which is what led me to work in child welfare. My main role is to always keep kids safe.
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Marla Green

I have always had a passion to work with children…which is why I knew that child welfare was my calling.
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Bridget Washburn

Working in child welfare can be difficult. Kids come to us abused, abandoned and neglected with no place to go. But when they are with us, they become ours.
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Frank Avilla

Working at Children’s Home Society of Florida for more than 12 years has allowed me to help and work with the youth…which has been a big passion of mine.
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Aixa M. Ortiz

I always wanted a career that made a difference in people’s lives. I really wanted to serve people who needed someone to be there for them. More ...

Tramona McClain

Working at Children’s Home Society of Florida for 28 years has allowed me to see so many inspirational cases. As an adoption social worker, I work hard to help build stable and loving families. I am there from start to finish in the adoption process, guiding future parents on what they should expect. It’s very rewarding and something I love doing. More ...

Elmer Higgins

Believe it or not, I never thought that my career would be working with kids. Yet, now that I’m with Children's Home Society of Florida, I don’t think I could do anything else!  More ...

Taina Hernandez

I always knew that I to wanted help people. After taking child welfare and therapy classes at Florida State University, I realized there were vulnerable children out there who needed support. It was then that I knew my calling was in child welfare. More ...

Caryn Toole

I’m honestly blessed to have worked in child welfare for the past 11 years. There is no other career like one career in child welfare; you are emotionally tied to each and every family and have the ability to affect such great change. More ...

Faye Maddox

I’ve helped children for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed working with kids who needed a little extra guidance, and I’m so passionate about  helping children choose paths to better themselves. More ...

Jimmie Scott

Child welfare is one of the most difficult careers you can do, but, to me, it’s the most rewarding. It’s enjoyable working with families and kids knowing you can make a difference in their lives.  More ...

Orlando Gonzalez

Working in child welfare is something has always been embedded in me. My parents were charitable; they always wanted to help people, especially the poor. Through their examples, they taught me the importance of helping people who are in need. More ...

Teanna Houston

My desire to impact the lives of children and families really enticed me to pursue a career in child welfare.  I believe many of us can take the love of a family for granted. It’s heart wrenching to think that some children have never experienced that.  More...

Lisa Aufdencamp

I have always had a passion to work with children. I knew child welfare was my calling. More ...

Sigrid Cotto

It has always been an interest of mine to care for children. From volunteering at my local daycare center to interning with a mentoring program in college, I realized I enjoyed working with children and my future was in child advocacy. More...

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