We are writing to express our gratitude for social workers during March, National Social Work month.
As the staff of CASA of Merced County, we oversee our Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers who are independent, sworn officers of the court appointed to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. Our CASA’s see how skillfully social workers do a very difficult job supporting children and families in the child-welfare system. Together, we form a team, ensuring a judge has the most up-to-date information to make life-altering decisions for the family and that the child receives all the services and support he or she needs.
We see first-hand how Merced County Human Services Agency social workers juggle multiple cases, work in high-stress circumstances with families and individuals coping with serious health and legal issues and stand on the front lines keeping children safe while ensuring children and families have the resources they need to heal.
Social workers deserve our recognition and support not just during this month but every day.
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Cathie Lancaster, Executive Director CASA of Merced County
Karen Smith, Associate Director CASA of Merced County
David Benavides, Jennika Uribe, Heather Reyes, Advocate Coordinators, CASA of Merced County
Charissa Beardsley, Family Connections Coordinator, CASA of Merced County