Monday, June 17, 2013

Family Services Intern

Hi! My name is Caitlyn and I am the current intern for Family Services in Fort Worth and will be here through December. I am a social work graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) working towards becoming a LMSW. I will also graduate in December.

Family Services provides post-adoption support for families who have adopted internationally. Some of our services include: parent education and training, home study services, counseling and support resources. As the Family Services intern I have had the opportunity to learn about the services we provide and review follow-up reports from our adoptive families. So far, I have spent a lot of time with Uncle Ricoh (our trusty copier/printer) and sending these reports to the country where the children were adopted (Ethiopia, Taiwan, Russia). I love reading up on how the children are adjusting and thriving with their family in the U.S. and I especially love seeing pictures of their sweet faces! Soon I will be able to take part in visiting some of these families with our Counselors and experience the post-adoption services we provide first hand.

I am so glad to be an intern at Gladney and I know that my experience will be one to remember! It has been my goal since I began my graduate studies to intern at Gladney and now that it has become reality, I feel blessed beyond measure for this wonderful opportunity. From day one I felt an overwhelming sense of community and family here and I am so happy to be a part of what God is accomplishing through this amazing agency.

Caitlyn Ussery | Family Services Program Intern

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