TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is proud to recognize the Department’s hundreds of social workers Tuesday, for Social Worker Day.
“As a licensed specialist in clinical social work, I know the important contribution our social workers make in the lives of Kansas families,” Secretary Gilmore said. “They are often the first people to help families escape from dangerous situations and move forward to make better lives for themselves.”
One excellent example of the 360 dedicated, knowledgeable social workers at DCF is Kristi Jorgensen. She has worked for DCF (formerly Social and Rehabilitation Services) for 24 years.
“I chose social work as my profession because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” Jorgensen said. “The one thing that is very important to me is keeping children and adults in a safe environment, and I feel fortunate to be part of this process.”
Jorgensen has worked as a foster care social worker, Child Protective Services investigator, Child Protective Services supervisor, assistant program administrator and currently, as a social worker in the protection report center.
Social Worker Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the contributions that social workers make to our communities.