When I left that position, it was to start my own business with two friends. One of our products was training for parents to reduce the risk of their children going into foster care.I worked with older adults and people with disabilities. Even as adults within us are the child we once were.
While I did not return to child protective service work, I did return to work for child welfare in a program that supported youth aging out of foster care. In addition I did (and do) emergency after hours response for seniors and people with disabilities.Protecting those who are not able to protect themselves has become my life’s work which is another way to express one’s passion.
I’m fortunate to have people in my life who are still on the front lines.Kris Bella a founder of Free Arts Northwest and the Executive Director is committed to bring the healing balm of art therapy to disadvantaged and at-risk youth and communities.
Heather Jeffris, Executive Director of Kinship House, has worked all of her professional life to provide a safe therapeutic place for children.
Once you are on their websites, click around and see the amazing work these two organizations are doing.
Children are our future – trite but true. Each of us can make a difference in the life of a child or a vulnerable adult. Sometimes it is as easy as a friendly ‘hello’ and a warm smile. Sometimes it’s as difficult as calling 911 or the Child Abuse Hotline. And sometimes it’s somewhere in between. Don’t ever forget how important you are in someone else’s life. Don’t ever forget why you are here. Don’t ever forget your purpose in life. You are important to many more people than you will ever know.
© 2012 Judith Ashley