FCYU133 cover image See all stories from issue #133, Summer 2018

Foster Care Writing Contest (Staff Shout-Out): She Inspired Me
Jody Anderson, Child Protective Services, Lakeport, CA
Samantha Stepp

There was a time when I felt completely unwanted. Going through the foster care system and continuously receiving new social workers did not help that feeling. Two years ago, I had been through eight different workers when I was assigned to Jody.

The first day I met Jody, the apartment I’d gotten through the Transitional Housing Program was a mess. My case manager at the time had just left, and Jody showed up five minutes later to find me crying. I had just gotten my own place through this program, and the case manager threatened me. Jody calmed me down almost immediately and helped me. I didn’t have to verbalize that I had never been taught basic organizational skills; she knew.

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Jody taught me how to be better at cleaning, and helped me to have an optimistic attitude towards life. She is still my social worker and has been an amazing role model in my life. Jody helps me to become a better me. She cares about her foster kids and would do anything to help them achieve their goals. I have never met someone more dedicated to their job. I respect her so much.

Jody is a warm-hearted, loving person who has completely changed my life. I used to feel like my voice didn’t matter, but she changed my perspective. She helped me realize that I want to be a social worker myself.

Tell Us Your Story—Win $100

This column is written by our readers in care. Tell us about a staff who believed in you, listened to you, advocated for you, gave you great advice, who in any way made your life better. Email your essay to representmail@youthcomm.org with the subject line Foster Care Writing Contest. Essays will be edited for length and clarity. The writer of the essay we run will receive $100.

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