Tales from the Frontlines: Jordan

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015

It was one of those cold, November late afternoons, and the air was still thick with fog. Everyone in our Visalia CPS office just wanted to go home, start dinner, light a fire. I was turning off my computer and straightening my desk when one of my co-workers walked in. “It’s a mom,” she whispered, her face grim. “She wants to do a relinquishment.” She looked young,...

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Tales from the Frontlines: Damien & Carlos

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

I was sitting at my desk in a room I shared with about ten other social workers, doing paperwork, when I got the call. It was from a foster mom and dad who had two teen boys in their care. “Seriously?” I said, sitting back in my chair. “You really want them moved?” They really did. And like, immediately. The boys were named *Damien and *Carlos, and they had lived with...

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Tales from the Frontlines: Talitha

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

We sat in the conference room of my former agency as she carefully leafed through the profiles of adoptive families. The room was silent, save for the sound of the clock ticking above us. Finally, she spoke. “Her.” Talitha*, the birthmother I had been working with, tapped the profile of a single woman with her forefinger. The woman she pointed to was a professor at a local college....

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Tales from the Frontlines: Jason & Rico

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015

Over the years, I have worked with countless children and their families. And to me, each child, each family I encountered (and encounter still, to this day), has a profound story to tell. Each and every one. Sometimes, when I learn of a child’s history, the traumas, the amazing obstacles she has had to overcome, her absolute bravery, I think to myself, there is a story there.  ...

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Who will tell their stories?

Posted by on May 22, 2015

As National Foster Care Month is wrapping up its last week, I came across this image on Twitter:   The words gave me pause. Who will tell the stories of children in foster care? As a social worker, I know that every child has a story to tell, and every child deserves to have someone listen.  I have looked at some of the kids I have worked with, and have been humbled by their bravery, their...

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