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Employee Spotlight-Kenyatta Lewis

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am from Jackson, MS with roots in Natchez, MS and Louisiana. I am extremely family oriented and spend most of my free time with my family and loved ones. I joined SCS as a Family Specialist in September 2018. I gained great experience as a Family Specialist which aided in a smooth transition as the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter.

Why do you work for SCS?

I truly believe it was in God’s plans for me to work for SCS. Before applying for SCS, God was taking me on a journey of being obedient. I was led to apply for different social work positions for months before an opening for SCS became available. When I first saw the position and read the description, I thought “Oh no, I can’t be responsible for the placement of children in care. What if I made the wrong choice for a child?” Despite my fears, I was led to submit my resume. A few days later I received a call for an interview. During the interview, I learned that SCS not only valued the individuals they serviced but also their employees. Before leaving the interview, I loved what SCS represented and wanted to be a part of the team. Since being employed, SCS has kept true to supporting selfcare, flexibility, and professional development of their employees. The dedication to serve children and youth has remained at the forefront of the SCS mission.

What do you do on a day to day basis?

Daily, I work on building connections with children and families. Every day I’m like an investigator, asking questions about a child’s history, conducting diligent searches, reviewing case files, and searching social media to locate family members or anyone that may know or had positive connection with a child. Some days I’m an educator, informing children, foster parents, and potential placements the benefits of adoption. I provide child specific training to foster parents to better understand the child in their home. I meet each child individually at least once a month to help build rapport, explore their feeling about adoption, and provide adoption prep.

What's your favorite part about SCS?

It’s hard to pick just one “favorite” part. I love how passionate and dedicated my co-workers and supervisors are about their positions and the individuals they serve.

Give me 1 or 2 quotes about who you are and what you stand for.

My favorite scripture, for as the body without the spirit is dead, so is faith without works is dead also (James 2:26). For me, this is a daily reminder that God requires work to accompany anything the we want to accomplish or achieve. I have faith the children/youth I serve will find permanency, but If I don’t put in the work to support the families and find connections, the plausibility of it happening lessens.

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