>>Lynn Johnson: Hello I’m Lynn Johnson, the Assistant
Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. On behalf of the Trump administration I
wish to thank all of our nation’s child welfare workers as we commemorate “Child Welfare Worker Appreciation Week.” Child welfare professionals are the ones who
work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of families and children
across our country, from the state level to those on the ground in cities,
counties, territories, tribes, the district, and all of our communities, your work is
critical for the health and well-being of generations of children and families.
Your passion is what drives you and for that I am thankful. The profession of a
child welfare worker is employment but employment with a calling, a mission, a
desire to make a difference for families and children. Children in safe foster
care homes, thank you. Boys and girls adopted from foster care,
and may there be many more of them, thank you. Children who have avoided foster care due to safe and effective prevention
strategies, thank you. I thank you for that work and for passion. Know that
high-quality child welfare programs are supported by this administration in the
federal government and we value all you do. Let’s take a moment to celebrate
accomplishments in child welfare — expressing appreciation for the staff
responsible for these good outcomes — then let’s get back to work. As so many
children depend upon the expertise of child welfare workers to help achieve
safe and stable families. May God bless this important child welfare work for
our nation’s children, thank you.