Tag: voice of a social worker

Why Did you Adopt?

A Dad’s Powerful Answer to this Common Question
Daniel Carlisle, Adoptive Dad and FCNI Social Worker
November, 10, 2015 -

Redemption is a powerful word and concept for myself and my family. A simple definition of redemption is: “To rescue or deliver from.” It is also my short answer to the question, “Why did you adopt?”

Holiday Wishes and Foster Children

Perspective from a Longtime FCNI Social Worker
Jamie Stablein, Crisis-Stabilization Foster Care Supervisor
October, 27, 2015

Every year, when I hear from staff that it is time to gather wish lists from our children, youth and families and submit them for Sponsor a Child, I generally respond with a sigh. Why a sigh? Because asking a child to identify gift(s) for their wish list is often met with confusion, resistance or other equally charged emotions. I have to remind myself that my excitement and enthusiasm for Sponsor a Child is not their experience.

“Kicking Off” the New School Year with a Positive Attitude

Daniel Carlisle, FCNI Social Worker and Father
August, 24, 2015

For the last couple of years, my wife has hosted a “Back to School Kickball Game” for friends and neighbors. The group that usually gathers is a very eclectic mix of parents and children. A fun array of ages, backgrounds and family sizes; including foster families, adoptive families, toddlers, teenagers, tweens, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts…and all of their different connections, temperaments and beliefs would make this list almost exhaustive.

How Being the Difference Makes the Difference to Me

A Social Worker’s Story
Kaitie Cruse, Social Worker for FCNI
March, 16, 2015

For me, all that is worthy in the world begins with families who function holistically—loving families who raise healthy children. In contrast, all that is awry in the world begins with families who lack the skills or resources to find wellness and struggle to meet each other’s needs, especially the needs of their children. Through my journey, I found Social Work to be the most effective and meaningful path by which I could support and empower at-risk and high-needs families; it is the role that is most authentic to who I am and what I value.

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