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CNN’s Erin Burnett Speaks in Support of Social Workers

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke in support of social workers. Screenshot courtesy of CNN.

Today SocialWorkersSpeak.org would like to send a special cheer to CNN’s Erin Burnett, who spoke out in support of social workers after the tragic deaths of Braden and Charles Powell.

“Social work is one of the jobs like police that we rarely hear about until something has gone horribly wrong,” Burnett said.

“But there are so many social workers out there who are trying to do the right thing and juggle all those cases that they have to handle.  And they do it with compassion and they do it with love. And when something goes wrong it is their lives that are ruined too.”

Elizabeth Griffin Hall, who many news reports identify as a social worker, took the Braden and Charles on home visits to their father Josh, who was a suspect in the 2009 disappearance of their mother Susan Cox-Powell.

Josh Powell on Feb. 5 rushed the children into his home in Puyallup, Wash., locked out Griffin Hall, and set off a fiery explosion that killed himself and the children. Griffin Hall had banged on the door to get in and then called emergency responders in a frantic effort to rescue the children.

“The world lost two beautiful boys to a monster,” Griffin Hall said in the ABC News interview.

To watch Erin Burnett’s full clip on CNN click here.

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for your words. I am a social worker and it breaks my heart to hear what happened to those boys. I feel for the family and the worker involved. People have no idea what we go through and see on a daily basis and the gut wrenching decisions that have to be made. Usually when I hear people talk about social workers they don’t have many good things to say. It is refreshing to hear someone talking about social workers in a light that shows that we are doing our best. Thank you a million times over.

  2. I am a practicing Licensed Master Social Worker.
    My professional title is LMSW. This means I have
    completed a B.S., M.S.S.W., and that I have passed the
    state board examination required for professional
    licensure, which requires me to complete advanced continuing
    education credits to renew it annually to remain a licensed practitioner in the Social Work profession. I am a member of the
    NASW, and I carry professional malpractice
    insurance. I would love to be interviewed by CNN to help
    to educate the public about the Social Work profession. Few people
    know that there are as many different specialty
    areas of practice in social work as there are in law and medical
    practice, just to begin.

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