Let's welcome the newest team member!
Hi, my name is Gwen Slippy -
I have had the privilege of working at DHS Child Welfare as a Permanency caseworker since August 2013. Prior to becoming a caseworker, I was a Foster Parent for 7 years and through that process my husband and I adopted two of our four children.
I have an Associates Degree from Chemeketa Community College in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Corban University. My combined experiences of education and real life experiences have equipped me for my new position as your Recruitment, Retention and Training Specialist.
I am excited to be in this position because I believe we need to put as much work into retaining or developing our foster and adoptive families as we do to recruit them. Retention suggests we may passively be holding onto families whereas development and support involves building and nurturing a relationship with families so they feel prepared and empowered to meet the needs of the children and youth in their care. Retention and recruitment will more naturally occur whenever people feel involved, respected, appreciated, and valued as members of a team of professionals working together to create permanence for children. When people have these kind of experiences they will naturally encourage others to come alongside and be involved as well. I want to be on the "front lines" helping develop and equip our foster and adoptive families, so they have the tools they need to successfully care for "our" children.
New Consultation Room - Now open!
We are delighted to tell you we now have a consulting room in the back portion of the foster parent lounge!
You feel stuck. You can’t figure out why she won’t eat and why he won’t stop screaming. You have a new child in your home and you want to learn ways to support his unique needs. You are getting a new caseworker and want to ensure a successful transition for your family and the children in your care. You can’t figure out what you need, but you just need…something.
As your team, whatever your need might be, we want to help! We are available to schedule both 1:1 and group appointments. The purpose is to Embrace, Equip and Empower our caregivers to successfully meet the many needs of children placed in their homes. Our children desire the warm embrace of kindness and safety from those who care for them, yet it is difficult to do when they are asking for love by kicking, hitting, screaming and pushing all of your hot buttons.
Let us embrace you with encouragement, equip you with knowledge, and empower you with new tools to create beauty out of all of our children’s trauma. We are here to serve you and provide for your needs as you provide for the needs of the children placed in your homes.
Marion County DHS Child Welfare
4600 25th Ave NE - Salem, OR 97301
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