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Newsroom Hutchinson DCF Social Worker Honored at Conference in Wichita

WICHITA — Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) social worker Cherish Pulliam of Hutchinson was honored Tuesday, Oct. 4, as the agency’s Child Prevention Services Specialist of the Year (photo below).

Employed by the agency for more than 24 years, Pulliam was presented the award at the Governor’s Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, for her work investigating reports of child abuse and neglect, and working to ensure homes are safe for children to remain with their families.

“This is such an honor because I’m just one of the social workers who work diligently to serve the families and children of Kansas,” Pulliam said. “I love working with families, problem-solving with them and helping them access resources so that they can be a healthy, safe place for children.”

Pulliam is based in DCF’s Hutchinson service center. Among her many duties, Pulliam serves on a task force through the City of Hutchinson and the Hutchinson School District to address behavioral issues within the school setting.

“There couldn’t be a more deserving person to receive recognition for her work, making sure families are safe and healthy,” said Pulliam’s supervisor, Social Work Supervisor Kelly Roepka. “Cherish cares a great deal about the people of the community. She goes above and beyond to help people.”

Several hundred practitioners in child and family services gathered at the annual three-day conference to improve their service to Kansas families and children. 

(Cherish Pulliam, left, receives the DCF Child Prevention Services Specialist of the Year award from DCF Prevention and Protection Services Director Deneen Dryden.)​