March is Social Work Month – a time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the important work of social workers. Department of Family Services social workers help break down barriers that prevent people from living more fulfilling, enriched lives. Here are a few examples of the work they do on behalf of children, families, people impacted by gender-based violence, older adults, and adults with disabilities:
- Educate older adults, their caregivers and families about useful resources, preventative screenings, and assessments available to them.
- Investigate reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of to determine if protective services are needed.
- Provide support and resources to people impacted by gender-based violence.
- Help protect children, prevent child abuse and neglect, and support families by helping them remain together safely.
- Staff the Aging, Disability & Caregiver Resources Line and connect callers to services and programs that will help improve their quality of life.
- Advocate on a systems level to ensure laws and policies are adopted so everyone can access such services.
Every day, social workers employed with the Department of Family Services provide invaluable services to the community. Interested in a social work career with Fairfax County? Learn about the value of working with Fairfax County Department of Family Services.