My name is Connie Hayek and I’ve been working in child welfare over 20 years (I started at the age of 9….). This blog is mostly about child welfare and occasionally about related issues. Often news pieces catch my attention and I can’t help but share information, contribute to the conversation, express an opinion, or suggest innovations. Hence, I started this blog so that I could write to my heart’s content!
In case you are wondering about my background….I like to tell people I’ve done everything in child welfare except two things: I’ve never been a lawyer (representing the state, children, or parents), and I’ve never been a judge. With training in social work, I began my career as a case worker in a public (state) child welfare agency. I’ve worked in public and private settings, higher education, with a contractor for the federal government, and in national advocacy organizations. I’ve trained foster and adoptive parents as well as case workers. I’ve been a CASA volunteer and a licensed foster parent. (The latter was the most difficult role, IMO!)
I’ve provided consultation in a number of areas related to children and families for about 10 years. I’ve volunteered in many community programs in the areas of domestic violence, AIDs, cancer support services, health care, grant writing & reviewing, adult literacy, and disaster response. My blog entries will draw on many if not all of these experiences.
I welcome comments, ideas for topics, or other perspectives. So feel free to join in the conversation!
If you wish to reprint anything found in my blog, I request that you please contact me for permission. Feel free to refer your friends and/or link to my blog.
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Please feel free to contact me regarding consultation and training services in child welfare, data analysis, stakeholder engagement, early childhood, fund development, non-profit innovation, or related areas.