16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
A true asset to the Division of Family Services, Michele Warch serves as a Family Crisis Therapist Supervisor with the Office of Children's Services in Sussex County. The accolades she garners from team members and numerous others in the community testify to the knowledge, skill, and dedication she has exhibited during her over four years with the Division of Family Services.
Ms. Warch jumps in with both feet to support families in need of services by persistently searching for new resources and working to build a system of care. She assists her team by visiting clients, entering data into the FACTS database, attending court and foster care reviews, and serving as a member of several committees. During the holiday season, Ms. Warch kicks her activities up a notch, rallying the troops to ensure that all clients receive the clothing, food, and gifts they need to celebrate the holidays. Recently, the Division of Family Services honored Ms. Warch with its Employee of the Year Award.
In addition to helping Division of Family Services clients, Ms. Warch supports her community. When she and her children witnessed a violent robbery, Ms. Warch assisted the victim despite threats to her and her children by the perpetrators. Subsequently, she participated in the process to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.
Ms. Warch's dedication to the children, foster parents, and clients the Children's Department serves cannot be overstated. In all her efforts, Ms. Warch embodies commitment to the Children's Department vision to “Think of the Child First.”