Because I get to be very hands-on in creating change for people, I find being a social worker is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. Social work offers me a daily opportunity to make change happen. With over twenty years of experience in child welfare services, I have seen sad stories, but I have also experienced many great endings. The ability to influence people and offer guidance, support and kindness to those who are hurting every day is what keeps me going.
My original interest in social work comes from my love of children and family. Through my own family experiences and life events, I came to value life and the importance of family. This spurred an interest in helping others. Social work quenches that interest.
With a Bachelor of Social Work from Briar Cliff University, I worked at the Iowa Department of Human Services as a case manager for children who were victims of abuse and/or neglect for five years. Then, I began to work as the foster and adoptive home recruiter for seven years.
My desire to educate, support and seek quality adoptive families inspired me to start my own adoption agency, 4-R-Kids in 2003. I have chosen to practice exclusively in private adoption because I am aware of the vast majority of people who have a strong desire to parent. I want to be a part of helping individuals and couples become parents and share my appreciation of strong families. Whether my clients have fertility issues or want to expand and share their existing family with another child, I can be of help. I want to be a part of helping my clients’ dreams come true and to heal the hurting of those who have not yet been able to parent.
To further my own education and expand my expertise, I obtained a Master’s in Social Work from University of Nebraska in Omaha in 2009. This certification of a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), as well as being a Licensed Independent Social Workder (LISW) has allowed me to continue in my work with 4-R-Kids as a Licensed Child Placing Agency by the State of Iowa, and I am also a Certified Adoption Investigator by the State of Iowa.
In addition to working with 4 R Kids, I am a mental health therapist for Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.