about the author

Kristin Lee Johnson grew up in Brookings, South Dakota.  She attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris and graduated with a degree in psychology.   She stumbled into a career in social work in Red Wing at Goodhue County Social Services and has been there ever since as a child protection social worker.   She loves her job and hopes to someday dispel the myth that all child protection workers do is drag screaming children away from their parents.      Kris is married and has four fantastic children who don’t really understand what their mom does all day either.

6 thoughts on “about the author”

  1. Kris,
    If your children knew what you did every day, they would definitely be more proud of you! Not only are you and excellent Mom, but you are an outstanding Child Protection Social Worker. Many times I have seen first hand experience how your work has changed lives in the positive direction and these families later come back to let you know how much they’ve appreciated the thoughtful work you have done with them. Working directly with you for the past 10 years has made me truly appreciate the work that you do and how well you truly do it! Thank you for sharing this beautiful book, especially with all of us social workers, who could continue learning to grow and learn from the compassionate and thorough work that you do and have done with so many families for so many years.

  2. Kris,
    Your energy and creativity always amaze me. Not only do you do exceptional work 40 + hours every week with your cases,but somehow you find time,as part of the state’s initiative,to write cirrcula and train new staff to help them be the best workers possible… plus you made and support 4 wonderful kids – !!
    You make me proud to be a social worker

  3. Kristine,

    I’m currently considering applying to a MSW program because I have an interest in working in public child welfare. I would like to learn more about what it’s like working in this area from someone who is very familiar with working in child welfare. Would you be willing to write about your experience in the field? Or would you even mind doing a brief phone interview so that I ask you about your experience? I’d truly appreciate it.

  4. Thanks for liking my post. I just started blogging, and your like made me feel welcome. I will explore your blog further in the near future. By the way, my dad is a retired social worker with the department of child and family services. He is awesome! Kudos to you!

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