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Brown County Browser: March is Social Work Month

Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. In March, we celebrate the fact that every day, social workers act as advocates, champions and leaders who make our society a better place to live.

The theme for Social Work Month 2020 is Social Workers: Generations Strong. As we enter a new decade, it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations. We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations are doing.

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Social workers are found in every facet of community life, including schools, hospitals, mental health centers, senior centers, private practice, and in numerous public and private agencies.

Brown County Human Services offers a variety of social services to help support individuals in our community:

Senior Services: Social Workers link older adults with services that help them live independently and with dignity, maximizing their quality of life and participation in society.

Vulnerable Adults: Social Workers advocate for individuals over the age of 18 who are harmed due to a physical or cognitive incapacity and are unable to protect themselves without the assistance of another.

Chemical Dependency: Social workers help individuals, families, and communities find ways to recover from substance use. They provide a perspective to treatment that focuses on the client in relation to family and neighborhood environments, community support systems, cultural attitudes, and policies.

Child Welfare: Child Welfare social workers serve some of the most vulnerable children, youth and families. Social workers specialize in building on the strengths of families and helping them to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and youth. Child welfare social workers ensure children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect are supported through a range of services.

Developmental/Physical Disabilities: Social workers help individuals and families with developmental/physical disabilities understand their legal rights and access support services. Social workers advocate and find special services to help individuals be as independent as possible.

Mental Health: Social Workers provide assistance and support for adults and children experiencing ongoing difficulties with their emotional or mental health. Social Workers coordinate services and help individuals find resources.

Child Care and Foster Care Licensing: Social Workers provide assistance in becoming licensed to provide child care, child foster care and adult foster care. Social Workers also provide support and guidance for licensed providers.

If you are interested in any of these services, please contact Brown County Human Services to speak with the social services intake worker.

Denise Kamm

Children’s Services Supervisor

Julie Hogen

Mental Health and

CD Supervisor

Annie Braun

Disability/Elderly/Vulnerable Adult Supervisor

Barb Dietz

Director of Human Services

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