Sept. 20 a day for appreciating child welfare social workers

Press release from Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services:

Buncombe County, N.C. —Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) is celebrating September 20th as National Child Welfare Social Worker Recognition Day. This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the essential, front-line work being done in Buncombe County Child Protective Services social workers.

“Like our law enforcement, emergency services and other first responders, child welfare social work staff answer calls for assistance at all hours and they are acutely aware that lives may be at risk as they respond,” said Stoney Blevins, Buncombe County Health and Human Services Director. “The unique aspect to this work however is that child welfare workers, while often among the first responders, are involved with children and families as a resource and support for as long as they are needed.”

Blevins continued, “Their commitment as child welfare social workers is to build relationships with families and their support networks and to help guide them through difficult family circumstances. Child welfare social workers help children heal from trauma and help parents create stable, nurturing environments where children can thrive. We know that children do better with their families and within a stable home environment, so from the beginning, child welfare social workers are constantly working to create permanency for children. In situations where children need an adoptive home, child welfare workers also help to identify these permanent homes and ensure a successful transition for that child.”

Buncombe County Health and Human Services would like to use this day to recognize this dedicated group of people who sometimes go unseen by the general public but whose work is critical to the future of our communities.

“Child welfare social workers help build strong, nurturing communities through their leadership and advocacy,” said Blevins. “Our agency is grateful to have outstanding child welfare workers. We appreciate their dedication to the families in Buncombe County and we want to take this day to thank them for all they do.”

P.O. Box 7408, Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 250-5500

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the basis of religion or political beliefs.

If you or your agency is interested in learning more about Child Protective Services in Buncombe County or volunteering to help children in our community, please email or visit You can also follow BCHHS on Facebook at for Social Work Stories from the Field, job opportunities in the social work field, and for current health and safety information for Buncombe County.

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