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Embedding Advocacy In Our Work
In this episode we have a conversation with Valerie Hicks, MSW, LISW Executive Director, Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Nevada. Our conversation focuses on how Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) connects with community providers, strengthening relationships, increasing advocacy efforts for all children/youth and families. SAFY ‘shines a light on teens experiencing foster care — because their dreams, ambitions, talents, and goals matter.’ Advocacy is embedded throughout SAFY, at all levels, to embody for everyone the value of all voices. Valerie shares how to create ‘welcoming spaces’ ensuring a culture/climate for staff and those being served. She also outlines three pillars-Humility, Empathy & Curiosity-needed for celebrating diversity and inclusion.
We bring care full circle, considering individuals as complete humans, identifying care that works for similar types of people, and assisting communication between people and care providers.