Editor, The Messenger,

March is National Social Work Month – the time state and local governments and agencies all across the country take to acknowledge and appreciate the vital role social work professionals play in our communities.

Athens County Children Services would like to take this opportunity to thank the social workers we work with in Athens County, and around the state, for the invaluable work they do to improve the lives of the people they serve.

Each day more than 700,000 social workers nationwide make life better for others. They empower people, giving them the skills and encouragement they need to overcome life’s challenges. They also link clients to resources they may need to live more fulfilled lives.

In Athens County, and in communities all across the country, social workers are woven into the fabric of our society. They are in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and other service providers, helping the most vulnerable among us navigate a changing world.

At ACCS, social workers protect children from neglect and abuse and help form new families through adoption. They strengthen families through prevention services and connect families with emergency and ongoing resources. They are on call 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to provide a critical safety net for children in Athens County.

This year’s theme for Social Work Month is “Social Workers are Essential.” That was never truer than this past year. While families faced stay at home orders, quarantine, home-schooling, and economic uncertainty, social workers made home visits, provided critical mental health services, addressed food insecurity, and never stopped responding to the needs of the children and families they serve. As our communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, social workers will be needed more than ever.

Athens County is fortunate to have a wealth of talented and dedicated social workers, helping our communities cope with the most challenging issues families and individuals will face. During the month of March, we encourage you to take time to learn more about the essential work of social workers and the role they play in your community.

Sincerely,

Robin Webb

Public Information Officer & Community Event Coordinator

Athens County Children Services

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