Focused On The Family

Local Social Services Workers Discuss Realities Of The Job

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Posted: February 28, 2014

Celest Williams, assistant director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Department of Social Services, supports a team that handles hundreds of cases each year involving everything from foster care and child protective services to day care and employment. (Photo by Jason Lenhart/DN-R)
Brandi Breeden (left), senior foster care worker, and Celest Williams, assistant director of the local Department of Social Services, have been with the agency for eight and 15 years, respectively. (Photo by Jason Lenhart/DN-R)

Brandi Breeden isn’t supposed to call herself a social worker anymore, but that’s all right; the new title for her job — “family services specialist” — sums up her work better, she says.


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