At the Board of Child Care, there are many departments that come together to provide the care you the youth. For National Social Worker Month, our Social Workers were interviewed to give us a better understanding of their role in their current position, as well as who they are as individuals. The following interview represents Ms. Alexander Glover
How long have you been for working BCC?
In June 2018, it will be 7 years.
Favorite memory while working for the Board of Child Care?
One of my favorite memories was when one of our long-term residents returned to go to Strawbridge. He was so excited to see me that he started running as fast as he could to me. When he got to me he leaped off the sidewalk on top of me to try to give me a hug. He was going so fast that he lost his balance, fell backward and pulled me down with him. He was going to hit his head on the cement, so my reaction was to quickly put my hand behind his head to protect it, in doing so my wrist skid across the ground. To this day, I still have a scar that when I look down at it, it always reminds me of that youth. While it hurt at the moment, it brings a smile to my face knowing that I was able to build such a positive relationship with him and his family
We all have the same goal but achieve it differently. How are you working to fulfill this mission statement?
My role is to support all of the talent in the upper campus program. A huge part of my support is to ensure that the staff work with the mindset of helping both the youth and their families with their needs. “We are not only here for the youth while they are in care but, we are here to forge a path in which they will succeed in the future,” says Glover. “Our job is not done if they can only do better here.” I also like to have direct relationships with families so they know they have someone they can go to as a resource.
What is your greatest strength in one word?
As a social worker, we wear many hats. The one that resonates the most with me is an advocate.The ability to channel my passion for our youth to serve them productively in their best interest
How do you display said strength while working?
We often have to work with interdisciplinary teams and departments. Many of us come from different educational backgrounds and specialties. It is our job as social workers to bring our knowledge base to help educate and Inform agency decisions that make sense for our youth