Honoring those who look out for the kids

HONESDALE, PA — As has been the case with most social services, the work of the county’s child care personnel has increased more than tenfold since the program began in the 1970s.

In discussion of the commissioners’ June 7 proclamation of the week of June 3 as Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week, Commissioner Joseph Adams harkened back to the 70s. He recalled a child welfare staff of three, which then served about 100 children.

Appearing to accept the proclamation, Child Welfare Services Director Rozalyn Burke reported that the department’s staff of some 50 persons last year worked with some 1,200 children and 700 families. About 20% of those children are receiving ongoing services. Introducing 28-year veteran case worker Bob Newmann, she said she was “very appreciative of our seasoned staff’s hard work.”

The proclamation described work that “requires them to enter into situations in which their personal safety may be put at risk… with long hours, tremendous demands, little appreciation and great criticism.”

Commissioner Wendell Kay credited the staff with their “caring and concern… for holding the line… This moment is all about you. We know you don’t look for it; you’re all about other people. You’re not doing it for the money, it’s just the way you are.”

In other business, the commissioners approved a letter of support for the ACE Snowmobile Club and NEP Sno-Trails, which are seeking to cross PA Game Commission state game lands #159 for trail access, within their plans for the completion of a 340-mile trail system in Wayne and Susquehanna counties; submission of the county human services $2,516,166 state block grant (flat funding from the current year) for fiscal year 2018-19; and the appointment of Marilyn Ryan as Waymart Borough deputy tax collector.

Following the commissioners’ June 14 meeting, the public is invited to join county staff on courthouse steps for the county’s annual Flag Day commemoration and photo.


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