Milwaukee area social workers receive Caring for Kids Awards

Written by MCJStaff   // March 29, 2014   // 0 Comments

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Leah Faith Cerwin

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-Kathleen Scholl: Communications / Media Specialist

(MADISON) – In recognition of March as Social Worker Month, two social workers who work in Milwaukee were honored for their outstanding work as child welfare professionals.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson presented Leah Faith Cerwin and Stacy Murphy each with a Caring for Kids Award during a ceremony today in the Governor’s Conference Room of the State Capitol. Cerwin and Murphy were among five social workers honored for their outstanding dedication to serving the people in their community.

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Stacy Murphy

Cerwin, who has been a social worker for five years and works for the Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin (CSSW), was commended for her work specializing in caseloads working with pre-adoptive children and families who are transitioning after the child is temporarily placed in a home. She serves as a “Well-Being Champion” focusing on how to improve children’s lives and outcomes.  Cerwin was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Cathy Swessel of CSSW, who credits Cerwin with advocating for all children in her care.

Murphy is one of two staff members at DCF’s Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare who are responsible for working with the FBI, law enforcement, the court system and advocates working with youth who are being targeted in the sex trafficking industry. She connects with endangered children to ensure their safety. Murphy has worked as a social worker for 10 years and was recently promoted to supervisor. Murphy was nominated for the award by Initial Assessment Manager Martha Johnson, who explained that Murphy’s coordination efforts with law enforcement officers have helped at least 20 children.

“These awards serve a special purpose to recognize the work that social workers do to help children and families have better lives,” said Sec. Anderson. “Social workers care for people in all stages of life and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable.”

Award selection criteria included years of service and experience, adapting to new initiatives, advocacy, leadership and a proven record of ensuring the well-being of children and families.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website at www.dcf.wi.gov.


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