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The Importance of Diversity in Social Work and Child Welfare | Hear from Our Team

diversity in social work

Social work is a helping profession focused on enhancing human wellbeing and meeting people’s basic and complex needs, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. In the field of child welfare, social workers play a vital role in the lives of the children and families they help. Their services provide support and protection for children and strengthen families, all while remaining respectful of the backgrounds, values and needs of the people they serve. Above all, child welfare social workers help children and their families achieve joy and maintain safe, loving homes.

In Kansas, about 40% of the children and families we serve are Black, indigenous and people of color. About 25% of our employees represent this population. At KVC, we recognize the essential need to recruit individuals who mirror the diverse population we serve.

Visit www.kvc.org/careers to view open positions today.

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KVC Permanency Case Manager Dalton Shump says:

“It’s rewarding to work at KVC because there’s no better feeling than working with a family and being able to help them navigate difficult situations. One thing that I do want to see more of is diversity in our staff. The field of social work is predominantly women, but I think it is important for men to be involved in social work. New people are going to bring new skill sets, which is important [when serving] all different types of people.”

In this video, Dalton shares why he’s passionate about working in social work:

Na’Taya Quinn is a Training Specialist for Project Rise, a free program from KVC for families that provides courses on healthy family relationship building. She echoes Dalton’s feelings on the importance of diversity in social work, saying:

“We need to be mindful and to make sure that we have a [diverse staff] because we work with diverse populations. Especially when you think of children, it’s important for them to see people that look like them, so they can think things like, ‘You know, when I grow up, I could be a social worker,’  or ‘I could be a therapist or a teacher.’ It gives them something to dream and hope for and to show that ‘I can be this.'”

In this video, watch as Na’taya shares her “Why”:

KVC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a long-term, broad commitment and goes far beyond “it’s the right thing to do.” Our commitment is grounded in the diverse representation of the children, adults and families we serve. We believe our clients will become even more diverse (race, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, country of origin, ability status, etc.) as the overall population continues to increase its diverse makeup. The changing demographics of our country impacts organizations in the human welfare service area and dictates the need to make diversity and inclusion a priority.

By embracing an empathetic, pro-people, anti-racist, inclusive approach, we put our whole hearts into achieving our vision: a world in which every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.

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We’re looking for compassionate, highly skilled professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Visit www.kvc.org/careers to view our open positions today!

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