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In this episode, I talk with Ronnita Waters, who is the Program Operations Administrator at the Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Inc. in Miami, Florida. Ronnita is also the South Florida Area Coordinator for Florida State University College of Social Work and an adjunct professor at Florida Memorial University. We discuss the child welfare system, foster care, family preservation, and various interventions that take place for children and families in this complex system. Ronnita takes us through an example of what happens when child abuse is reported. She also talks about the challenges of this work for her and how she has learned to “self-check” and “regulate” her emotions and thoughts in order to focus on the needs of the children and families. Ronnita shares her story of how she got into this work and the impact of her life experience on her work. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
I also appreciated that Shimon asked about how she got into her BSW. I find it interesting to know how people got into the position and job that they are in today. So hearing how she started off in physical therapy was really interesting because the job she has now is way different.
risk called formal and informal services. I think that it was really cool to hear examples of these kind of services like church, relatives, neighbors that can help assist the parents with their children. I also think the technical production of this podcast was very clear. I heard both Ronnita and Shimon very clearly, with no distractions or background noise. What I also liked about this podcast is that I felt Ronnita told the raw truth about her job, even if it is hard.
I also think that the delivery of this podcast was well done. I think that Shimon Cohen asked questions that were beneficial to the viewer like talking about goals, challenges, and stories about Ronnitas job and also what the families themselves are going through. I also think Ronnita went into great detail about the experiences she’s had and went into great detail about the goals of child welfare, like keeping a child safe in their family. She also gave an example of in home services to reduce
I am currently a college student taking a class that is focused on child welfare. I think that this podcast gives social work students like me a better idea on what it is like to work with children and families regarding child welfare, foster care, and family preservation. The biggest worry for me that I had if I were to pursue a career like Ronnita Waters is how I’m going to handle my feelings and emotions. I appreciate that Ronnita talked about that this was a struggle for her too and how she
I wanted to share that I really appreciated this poscast. I have worked in child welfare in Illinois for over 13 years and can relate to so many things discussed in this podcast. There are immense challenges that go along with working in child welfare. I agree with how Ronnita said real social change is slow. It is so true. This work is hard but very rewarding. We can help people and make a difference in their lives.
Tuesday Jun 15, 2021
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