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Real-life Social Workers, Foster Care System Inspired Episode on ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7

Social worker Eva Gibbons (Adriane Lenox) in a scene from the Lost Child/Murder 101 episode from ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7." Inset: Episode writer Nikki Toscano.

ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” crime drama (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern) last month aired an episode about a group of renegade social workers and parents who run a secret organization to rescue abused children in the foster care system.

The episode stirred a lot of buzz among social workers on the Web site and Facebook. At least one social worker said they would also break the law to save a child. contacted ABC, who arranged for us to talk to Nikki Toscano, one of the episode writers. We learned Toscano was inspired to write part of the “Lost Child/Murder 101″ episode because of her experience as a foster parent and working with social workers.
Toscano answered questions about the episodes that social workers had posted on Facebook.

“At least all of the social workers that I  have been in contact over the years of my experience have been fantastic and have been out just selflessly helping these children day in and day out way beyond the time that they clock out,” she said.

Toscano talked with Greg Wright, manager of, Stephanie Chambers, manager of the National Association of Social Workers Professional Development Division and Becky Ow-Arhus, a senior practice associate at the Professional Development Division.

To hear the conversation click here.

To learn more about how real-life social workers help foster children visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Kids & Families Web page by clicking here.

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  1. Kudos to all social workers!

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