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Commemorating National Child Welfare Social Worker Recognition Day

Commemorating National Child Welfare Social Worker Recognition Day

Published: September 19, 2018

This September 20, Catawba County Social Services is commemorating National Child Welfare Social Worker Recognition Day. The day helps to raise awareness about the essential work done across the country by this dedicated group of social work professionals.

“Our child welfare social workers are out on the front lines every day,” said Karen Harrington, Catawba County Social Services Director. “Like law enforcement, emergency services and other first responders, these staff answer calls for assistance at all hours and they are acutely aware that lives may be at risk as they respond. What makes this work unique is that child welfare social workers, while often among the first responders, are involved with children and families as a resource and support for as long as they are needed.”

Harrington continued, “Child welfare social workers build relationships with families and help guide them through difficult family circumstances. They help children heal from trauma and help parents create stable, nurturing environments where children can thrive. In situations where children need an adoptive home, child welfare social workers help identify these permanent homes. This day of recognition is a wonderful opportunity to thank a dedicated group of people who may often go unseen by the general public, but whose work is critical to the future of our community.”

On September 20, Catawba County Social Services’ child welfare social work staff will participate in a statewide viewing of One Heart Can Make a Difference: Impacting Lives through Dynamic Service Excellence by Mark Anthony Garrett,a live virtual eventhosted by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and the Children’s Bureau. Garrett will address how every person within the child welfare system has the power to be a difference maker when their heart is emotionally connected to the jobs they perform.

“Child welfare social workers help build strong, nurturing communities through their leadership and advocacy,” said Harrington. “Our agency is grateful to have outstanding child welfare social workers. We appreciate their dedication to the families in Catawba County, and we want to take this day to thank them for all they do to help the children in our county have a brighter tomorrow.”

To learn more about child welfare career opportunities with Catawba County, visit For information on the national child welfare workforce, visit the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute’s website at