Over the years we have discovered a couple of things about Social Workers. They are overworked and underpaid. These are some of the most dedicated, hardworking, compassionate people we know and they deserve a round of applause (clap, clap, clap).
Some words about Social Workers from our VP of Camps, Glenn Garvin:
My first real encounter with one of our Social Workers came through a phone call after I returned from my second year of camp. Her name was Marnie and she started the conversation like this, “What did you do to Jonathan at camp?” Being a young pastor I responded very wisely, “What do you mean… what did I do to Jonathan at camp?” Marnie was surprised. She offered, “you don’t know Jonathan’s story?”
Jonathan had some serious problems before coming to Camp. Marnie filled me in, explaining that he had been in therapy since he was three years old. He was full of anger, out of control, foul-mouthed, and he had attempted suicide multiple times. Jonathan had been in seven foster homes, and his current foster parents — longing to adopt him — were losing hope because they couldn’t control him. How can you pack that much junk into an eight-year-old?
Marnie went on to tell me about Jonathan’s therapy session after returning from Camp. The therapist couldn’t believe the difference! Jonathan’s attitude and behavior had completely turned around, and the therapist wanted to know what had happened since Jonathan’s last session. Marnie told him that he had attended a week-long summer Camp.
The therapist wanted to know what we did at Camp that caused such a remarkable change, so Marnie called me to find out. “What happened at Camp?” I told her exactly what we did. “We simply loved him.”
So for Marnie and a thousand others like her out there. Thank You.
Thank you for going the extra mile in your car or on the phone or in your office.
Thank you for showing up in the midst of pain and misery of chaotic families and remaining focused and calm.
On behalf of the smallest and most innocent, Thank You.
– Glenn Garvin
How We Work with Social Services:
Because of our cordial and prolonged relationships with many social services offices, the staff and volunteers of Royal Family KIDS have a deep respect and admiration for the people who make up social services.
They provide so much for children in need, saving lives when youngsters are rescued from abusive environments.
It is our desire to support and serve social services in this important task. Royal Family KIDS is designed to help heal the emotional scars of abuse left in the children who social services have stepped in to protect. We do that through local Faith Based Communities throughout the United States as well as Internationally. The camps, clubs and mentorships are considered “opt-in” by foster parents and are offered *free of charge for the children to attend the program (week of camp or club/mentoring).
Questions can be answered by the local church sponsoring the camp in its area. The national staff of Royal Family KIDS is also willing to help, including providing references from other social services agencies or more information about the camps, clubs and mentoring. Call us anytime at (714) 438-2494 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Testimony from a Social Worker who encountered Royal Family KIDS:
To Whom It May Concern @ Royal Family Kids’ Camp,
So many months have now passed since the camp for needy
kids took place last August, and I have wanted to write so many
times, but the life of a social worker can be a distracting
journey. My heart is filled with an overwhelming amount of
gratefulness for the amazing, week-long experience you created
for four of the children on my caseload, and a total of eight
children from our agency.
When the children returned from camp,
so many of the things they shared with me touched me deeply.
They loved the collective birthday party, which I found to be a
wonderful idea since in moving from foster home to foster home,
so many of their birthdays go uncelebrated. They loved getting
dressed up for the tea party and experiencing a bit of
sophistication. A few of them went for a “polar swim” with a
counselor in the early hours of the morning, which I thought
was a great example to give them, teaching them to experience
intense fun and a rush of emotion with an innocent activity
rather than through drugs or alcohol. They all returned feeling
so loved and cared for by their counselors — two to one is
an incredibly generous ratio — and everyone wants to return next year.
But it is now that I am writing because, as I sat in the
bedroom of one the “hard to reach” boys with whom I work, I
saw that he had put up the framed quote from the Bible that
you had given him, reminding him that he is special and he is
loved. I don’t know where he had had it between August and now,
but apparently, in the darkness of these winter months, he
needed to be reminded.
The gifts you give for these extremely needy children are
unbelievable. Whether it is the self-esteem that you build, or
the new experiences you offer, or merely the attention that is
given during that week in August, the camp provides longlasting
effects that change these children forever. Thank you
for being a part of the lives of these foster kids, children
that are so often forgotten by the rest of society.
Social Worker, Oakland, CA
* The camps charge a minimal “nuisance fee” to hold a camp spot for the child.