What we do isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the compassionate heart. Our work requires us to have both
strength and sensitivity. Passion, coupled with empathy. We know what it feels like to experience
brokenness. We’re tireless because we see the intrinsic value of a family unit. And we know that hope can be
restored. We are Compassioneers. And this is why we work.
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"I love planning events that allow foster youth to just be youth. I love working with the community to provide resources for children, youth, and families. I love seeing the changes that are made every day to make DCS the best it can be." - Pam
"It's very easy to label people and judge them by their past. All it takes is for someone to believe in and provide support for a family in order to begin the change process. I want to be that person." - Heidy
"Working for DCS allows me to live out my passion on a daily basis. Resiliency is the key to survival, and seeing these strong children overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties pushes me daily to do my best, embrace the drive and determination they have, and help them grow." - Lisett
"I have learned more working for DCS than I could ever dream of. My youth have taught me how to be resilient and overcome anything." - Mollie
"As a leader, I love seeing how everybody brings something different to this Department—gifts, skills, talents, and experience. Collectively we work to see changes in the lives of children, in families, in our organization, and in our community. But we also see changes in ourselves." - Pauline
"Oftentimes, providing resources, support or a helping hand can bring on changes that bring family together and, in some cases, even create a pathway to a forever home." - Leeanne
"There's no better feeling than boosting morale and supporting our field staff through engagement, helping make them the best Compassioneers they can be. That makes it all worth it." - Andrew
"I was raised in a home where DCS should have played a role. My experiences ignited a passion for helping those caught in the clutches of abuse or hardship. This eventually led me to my career with DCS. Each day, I'm more aware of just how vital our work is to children and families." - Mary
"There are many big emotions in child welfare - among them sadness, surprise, joy, and fear. It takes great supervisors to help staff process and cope with these experiences. This is what fuels my passion in my current DCS role as a mentor and coach to future leaders in child welfare." - Jason
Rayetta finds inspiration from Vincent van Gogh's quote: "There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
"That's my motivation." - Rayetta
"I am passionate about DCS because I believe that all children deserve to feel safe and have stability in their lives. I want every child and family member to feel safe and supported as we assist in strengthening connections to both community and natural supports." - Tara
"I am grateful for the opportunity to do my part to assist in bringing together the people of Arizona in support of our most vulnerable children and families. There is no greater undertaking than to help ensure that all AZ Kids Thrive." - Cynthia
"I take great pride in helping children who don't have an advocate. It's tremendous to know that I can encourage anyone with the fortitude to call us that they're doing the right thing. For those children who are victimized, the healing process begins here." - Eric
"I am passionate about serving our employees and arming them with the tools and resources they need to be their best. At the end of the day, we all work together to ensure our teammates can serve and protect children and strengthen families in Arizona." - Zachariah
Kelsey says she grew up in a loving home, where she was hugged daily and told "I love you." And she wants to pass that feeling forward.
"I have a passion to pay that feeling forward, as I believe that every child deserves to feel loved and feel a sense of belonging." - Kelsey
Lauren remembers the day in first grade when her friend asked about her new last name.
“I proudly said my dad adopted me. I am passionate about the work we do because I know the power of adoption. I know first-hand the tremendous impact it has on kids. I was one of those kids.” - Lauren
"Having aged out of foster care gives me a unique perspective. It's my experiences that fuel my passion to emulate the type of case manager I had while in care during those difficult years. My goal is to be the one who cares about the importance of the family unit and does not give up. This is not just a job—it's a calling." - Trina
“I remember the day it happened to me and the emotions that swept over me. I remember well the day I had someone I did not know step up and protect me. That was a defining moment and the reason why I work in this field: to be a powerful voice for those who do not have one.” – Tamila
Adam L. is a proud Compassioneer. “In my eyes, DCS is one big family. No matter what unit or what your title may be, we all play a role in being responsible for ensuring the safety and well being of our DCS children and their families. Working together to accomplish this goal is what makes working for DCS so great.” – Adam
Amy S. says she works for DCS because she finds purpose in helping people, especially those who are struggling with obstacles in their lives.
“I enjoy the opportunity to be part of the solution, rather than simply standing on the sidelines.” – Amy
"I was raised in the foster care system and I can vividly recall the day my siblings and I were removed from our family and placed in the foster care system. I became a social worker because I am passionate about preserving families." – Mary
To find out what it takes to be a Compassioneer, visit our Careers page