Recognize social workers this month


March is Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” The theme could not be more fitting.

Social workers for generations have served as leaders, advocates and champions. Social workers tirelessly try to improve our communities and society.

Social workers also touch the lives of millions on a more personal level. They comfort people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They support brave military personnel, veterans and their families. Child, family and school social workers stand up by protecting children who have been abused or neglected, helping children find new families through adoption, and ensuring young people reach their full potential.

Since 1996, I have been working in child welfare. I have seen the best of humanity and the most challenging of human kind. I have learned that we all want the best for our children.

It is my experience that there is a lot to do in our Valley. There are children in need waiting for an advocate and champion. Social workers are needed more now than ever.

During Social Work Month, I urge you to learn more about the profession and how you can help continue to make this nation a better place. Next time you encounter a social worker, offered them a helping hand.

There are many opportunities for you to be a leader, advocate and champion.

Jose T. Leon



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