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Alumna honored by Georgia Conference on Children and Families

Posted Dec. 10, 2014
by Laurie Anderson

Shenica Hunter and Mary Havick

(l-r) Shenica Hunter (MSW '06) and Mary Havick, director, DFCS Region 5

Athens, Ga. -- Shenica Hunter (MSW ’06) was honored by the Georgia Conference on Children and Families with the 2014 Outstanding Social Service (Public Agency) Award on Nov. 19 at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. Hunter is a social services specialist at Clarke County Division of Family and Children Services, where she manages permanency cases. The conference is the largest annual event in Georgia designed to bring together the community that serves children and families. Hunter was selected out of pool of more than 2,000 DFCS staff members. 

“Mrs.Hunter approaches her work with a positive attitude and demonstrates a passion for the children and families she serves,” said Mary Havick, director of DFCS Region 5. “Despite high caseloads over the past few years, she has continued to offer a high level of service resulting in positive permanency outcomes for the children on her caseload.” 

While earning her graduate degree at the School of Social Work, Hunter participated in the federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program overseen by Professor Alberta “Bert” Ellett. The program, currently on hiatus, provides stipends to full-time social work graduate students who are preparing for careers in public child welfare. DFCS anticipates resumption of the program in the fall of 2015. 

In Clarke County, Hunter serves as a mentor to new case managers and also volunteers for Child Protective Services investigations and with the nonprofit organization CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), for which she acts for the best interests of abused or neglected children in foster care.

Hunter has been offered the opportunity to become a supervisor several times but has chosen to remain in the field serving as a front-line case manager.

“Shenica's dedication to creating stronger families is unparalleled,” said Havick. “We are lucky to have her on our team!”


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