Social Work Month: Staff Profile – Susan Radcliff
- March 05, 2020
Susan Radcliff, MSW, LSW, Adoption Supervisor, LCFS Belleville office
Why did you get into social work?
I got into social work because I wanted to help other families adopt or foster like our family had done. We had five adoption processes, three of which were successful and fostered several children during our adoption journey.
What do you like best about the work you do?
The most rewarding part of my job has been working with prospective adoptive families who may have faced hurdles in reaching their goal to be parents. I help them see outside the box in ways to form their families, educating them about ways to incorporate diversity and advocate for their children not only now, but throughout life and maybe even considering children with special needs.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your work?
Unfortunately, the biggest challenges for me have been delivering sad news or watching a couple give up after years of waiting.
Please share a story that showcases why your hard work and the sacrifices are worthwhile. One of my most memorable cases was a safe haven case, where the baby was safely abandoned at the hospital. The adoptive couple was one who had given up hope; they had waited for a connection with a birth mother with another agency and I had completed their home study. Their home study was up for a second renewal and they were considering stopping the search. But…something amazing happened.
A safe haven placement doesn’t happen that often (this was my first), and for it to even go through fully to adoption is very rare in our experience. I’ll never forget meeting the adoptive parents at the hospital and them peering into the nursery at this beautiful, healthy little baby girl. She needed them as much as they needed her – it was beautiful!
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