Amy Darling, M.S., L.S.W.
After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, Ms. Darling began her employment with the Department of Social Services as a social worker responsible for handling general child welfare cases. In 1999, she joined the Area's Assessment Unit, utilizing her skills and experience in providing thorough and timely assessments of families' strengths and needs. Ms. Darling began her service as a child abuse and neglect investigator in February of 2000. She is highly regarded by her peers in the Area Office and in the Blackstone Valley community. Always willing to take responsibility for some of the most high profile and difficult child abuse cases in the area, her work with these complex cases has been exemplary. Ms. Darling's involvement in a recent case situation illustrates her sound judgment and professional practice. While making a home visit in a multi-family apartment building, a strong gas odor was detected. Ms. Darling proved instrumental in evacuating the residents of the building to safety. Subsequently, the local fire department determined that the building was at risk of igniting. The Department applauds her heroism in the face of such difficult circumstances. In addition to her assigned duties, Ms. Darling also is active as a volunteer trainer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. She and her husband recently submitted an application to be considered as adoptive parents for a child in need of a permanent home. Massachusetts applauds Ms. Darling for her commitment, her professionalism, and her significant contributions to improve the lives of the abused and neglected children served by the Department.