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East Carmel Drive? Aurora, Colorado
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To utilize my knowledge, skills, and experience in the human
services field to be a steward of integrity as I provide
service to members of society with the greatest need.
Successful social caseworker with over years experience
working in the field of child protection in Denver County. Case
management/counseling in substance abuse. Resourcing for clients
for housing, employment, mental health, and parental education.
Experience includes finding referrals for all these client
issues. A lifelong learner with strong interpersonal skills
utilizing my ability to build lasting relationships with law
enforcement, medical staff, school officials, foster care
agencies, attorneys, and the juvenile court system. Many
successful contacts in finding agencies that would provide
services that would assist one family member or the entire
? Negotiations ? Effective Mediation ? Public Speaking ?
TraintheTrainer ?Training/Coaching ? Problem Solving ?
Records Management ? Client Liaison ? Legal Advocacy
SIGNIFICANT CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
Assisted numerous clients who are involved in the juvenile court
system to achieve court ordered treatment plans. For example,
parents were often court ordered to obtain employment, housing,
or to participate in counseling. It was my job to help the
client achieve those goals.
Found grandparents in Texas who did not know that their
grandchild had been abandoned in Colorado. My employer
purchased a plane ticket for me to transport the child to his
relatives. This required a skill of asking a lot of the right
I obtained funding for a DNA test for an unmarried father whose
fiance died giving birth before she could name him the father
on the birth certificate. I was told by my supervisor that I
did not have to take the case but I accepted the challenge and
asked to allow me to find someway to help this young man. I was
given approval and the young father was able obtain custody of
Organization and Leadership
Member of a select team that was requested by my employer to
participate in a national pilot program that would combine Head
Start Education with child care for a fee for low income
families. Parents were able to leave children at the child care
center for hours. The program was successful and is still
operating at present in many Colorado counties.
Along with Head Start Program, trained social workers, I was
responsible for opening a new child care center that is still
running. This task was a challenge because I had to find a
vacant building in an area of town that was % residential.
Coached, trained, and mentored new hires at Denver Human
Services in interviewing, investigating, court report writing,
and concepts of child protection.
Provided information to new caseworkers on how to communicate
with agencies that provide services for clients in need of
mental health services, housing, employment, child care, parent
education, or food stamps.
Crises Intervention and Interviewing
Many times I was called upon to respond to crisis situations on
weekends and during evening hours. Frequently asked by
supervisors to accompany one of their Caseworkers in dangerous
situations which involved police intervention or an angry
Interviewing clients while in crises is one of my strongest
assets. Oftentimes, parents were distressed because their
children had been removed, were injured, victims of a crime, or
missing and I would have to gather information from them using
tactful methods while remaining calm. I would often use these
situations to train and mentor new hires.
Developed immediate safety plans for children who were
considered to be at imminent risk of further abuse or neglect,
or injury. This often required experience, creativity, and
quick thinking as no two situations were alike. Sensitivity and
confidentiality were essential because many times people found
themselves in a first time situation and they needed an
objective person who will not over react to emotional events
and keep their own emotions in check.
Oftentimes, a family was suddenly homeless because of some
tragedy from a fire, poverty, or gradual loss of income. It was
my job to contact various agencies who were able to intervene
and provided needed services. I found this part of my job very
Professional Work History
Senior Social Caseworker, Denver Department of Human Services
Social Worker, Denver County Head Start Program
LiveIn Youth Counselor, Excelsior Youth Center
Social Worker, Community Learning Centers
Bachelor of Science, Human Services, Metropolitan State College,
? Home Studies
? Resourcing for housing, mental health, child care,
employment, food banks.