15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Steve Zepnick, L.C.S.W.-C.
For 32 years, Steven Zepnick has served as a social worker in Montgomery County Child Welfare Services. He is dedicated to the children for whose safety he is responsible.
For the past decade, Mr. Zepnick has worked in Families Now, preventing the placement of a multitude of youngsters at imminent risk. He is creative, incorporating therapy, parenting education, referrals to other agencies, and case management in his approach. An astute diagnostician, he skillfully matches techniques to families. His greatest skill is fostering independence among families by utilizing a strengths-based model, which identifies family and community supports to help a family build upon their skills. A master at developing community resources, in one instance Mr. Zepnick persisted on behalf of a family without running water until he secured a Habitat for Humanity home for them.
A social worker who is deeply committed to the well-being of children and families, Mr. Zepnick participates in various committees and organizations through child welfare and in the community. He serves as co-leader of a parental support group, a member of the Maryland National Association of Social Workers Children, Youth and Family Task Force and on the Montgomery County Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting. An advocate for families and children in the community, Steven Zepnick has won the Social Worker of the Year Award from the Maryland Bar Association, Juvenile Section.