Cindy Stevenson, a Family Crisis Therapist with the Division of Family Services (DFS), has spent the past eight years protecting children and strengthening families in the State of Delaware. She has devoted long hours to this task, to ensure that when a family in crisis needs support, someone is there to respond.
In addition to excellent interpersonal skills, Ms. Stevenson has strong interprofessional skills that have enabled her to form partnerships in support of children and families. Her efforts have enabled parents to get the support and assistance they need to keep the family together and keep the children safe.
Ms. Stevenson keeps in touch with youth who were in her caseload when possible. In one instance, she took an abandoned girl under her wings. With support and nurturing, she has grown into a successful young woman and is now studying nursing in college. She has stated many times that Ms. Stevenson is like a mother to her.
Ms. Stevenson is a driver. She took charge of DFS's training program for her county and organized an annual recognition conference for fellow child protection employees. She has also undertaken to educate the public about the work of DFS staff in supporting families and ensuring the safety of children. Her initiative lead to the local paper's request to ride along with Ms. Stevenson for two days, which resulted in a positive story about the tremendous work of child protection employees.