On October 24 and October 25, 2018, I am a motivational speaker for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). Over 900 people will attend the events. Participants range from caseworkers, administrative staff and support staff.
The Division's Vision is Safe Children, Strengthened Families. Caseworkers and support staff work tirelessly to ensure that families and children have a supportive, safe home. Caseworkers perform home visits to assess the home, talk to the parents and children and evaluate the situation.
The mission of the Child and Family Services Division is to keep children safe from abuse and neglect and provide domestic violence services by working with communities and strengthening families.
These dedicated and compassionate professionals can work in some very challenging situations. Abuse and neglect occur when parents don't know how to handle their children and are struggling to cope.
Last year, 21,093 abuse and neglect cases were investigated by the Division of Child and Family Services.
In-home services help to stop abuse and neglect while helping the children stay at home. Otherwise, children can go to approved relatives or a foster home. Eventually, the DCFS allows children to transition back home safely.
The DCFS has a child abuse and neglect hotline to report potential abuse. Other services offered include parenting classes and crisis nurseries. These nurseries provide short-term ( up to 72 hours) of free care to children under 12 years old.
I'm excited to be the opening funny motivational speaker for the DCFS. I served as a guest speaker for them five years ago. They were an engaged, enthusiastic crowd that LOVED to laugh.
In stressful emotionally taxing work environments, humor is one of the most important survival tools.