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On April 5, 2017, the Capitol Rotunda was filled with people supporting awareness of child abuse and gathering to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who are shining examples of people working to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families. This event and awards were sponsored by the Family Support Alliance (FSA), a private provider who provides mandated reporter training and other support and training to for parents and professionals. When FSA was seeking nominations for the award, the PA Children and Youth Administrators Association submitted a nomination to recognize county child welfare caseworkers. While this award was intended for an individual, we felt that it is important to recognize the efforts of all the caseworkers for all they do each and every day to protect the children of the Commonwealth.
The County caseworkers are the critically important piece to a child welfare system that keeps kids safe and strengthens families. Without the caring individuals who serve our children and families, the system fails. Too often, caseworkers are criticized for situations where children hurt, but rarely are they recognized for all they do each day. At the awards ceremony, it was noted that 34 children lost their lives to child abuse last year. We will never know how many children are alive today because of the efforts of the caseworkers, but it is certainly many more than those lost.
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Photo: In recognition of child abuse awareness month, Westmoreland County Caseworkers are highlighted for the amazing work they do every day in protecting children and preserving families.