Meet the Walden team: Cheryl

Did you know March is Professional Social Work Month? In honor of such, we’d like to feature some of the incredible social workers that serve the foster and adoptive children and youth of Walden.

This month, we’ll introduce you to staff from our offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino. You’ll meet social workers who work in each of our main programs; including foster care, adoption, transitional housing plus foster care (THP+FC), and prevention services.

Meet Cheryl:

1.) Why did you choose social work or what path led you to the profession?

Most of all, I really enjoy helping others. In the past I’ve worked with children who have developmental delays and physical disabilities, and as a behavioral interventionist with foster children and biological families to help the child meet his or her developmental milestones. I also spent some time as a foster parent, and am in the process of becoming a foster parent again through the County.

Currently, I am working towards my BCBA certification as my specialization is Applied Behavior Analysis. Having a 6-year-old on the Autism Spectrum has made me very passionate about helping all children and families in need of additional support and resources.

2.) How long have you been at Walden? 

I’ve been at Walden for about 7 months, right after I received my credentials! I came from the California Correctional Center for men, where I was a social worker for men who were mentally and physically disabled.

3.) What’s your favorite part of your job?

The impact I’m able to make on a youth’s life.

5.) Tell us a Walden success story involving a client.

I have one client who just graduated from our THP program, having done remarkably well. She’s just so grateful to Walden and how our program has changed her life and helped her learn life skills.

6.)    How do you like to spend your free time?

In my free time I enjoy family outings, especially special needs movie nights in my community. The theater is placed outside for those with special needs, and in wheelchairs or other mobility devices. It’s a place where they don’t have to worry about being loud or expressing themselves.