Why a Career in Social Services?

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Working in the field of social services enables you to be an active participant in helping empower families and individuals to live happy and healthy lives. Local departments of social services offer many opportunities to enhance the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, youth and adults.

If you are passionate about serving and advocating for others, a career in Social Service may be the perfect career path for you!

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Child Protective Services

CPS' overarching goal is to ensure child safety by working in close collaboration with families and engaging them in the process. Any time a child under the age of 18 is alleged to have been abused or maltreated, CPS is required to assess the safety of the child and identify the strengths and needs of a family. Recent studies have indicated that economic hardships and lack of resources are powerful predictors of child abuse and maltreatment. A caseworker investigates these reports but also partners with families to determine their strengths, needs and solutions. Caseworkers ensure that children are safe, happy and healthy. By implementing this approach, we hope to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.

Adult Protective Services

APS provides support to vulnerable adults 18-year-old or older who, because of a physical or mental impairment, are at risk of harm, unable to meet their own needs or have no one to assist them responsibly. Many recipients of APS may often be isolated, fearful and reluctant to accept help. APS case workers are a dedicated and compassionate workforce trained to investigate potential abuse or self-neglect cases. Through engagement skills, service identification and referral, APS case workers support the independence, dignity and the individual’s right to exercise self-determination and decision making whenever safely possible.

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