Roseville social worker Siles named year’s best

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Roseville Child Protective Services worker Kristin Siles has been selected as Northern California’s 2010 Social Worker of the Year. She will receive the honor during the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Leadership Luncheon in Sacramento on March 31. The award will be presented by national child advocate Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was abducted from her own bedroom then murdered 15 years ago. Siles was selected for the award from more than 350 submissions. Also on hand to present her award will be one of the neglected children she helped, 10-year-old Gabriel. By the time he was 5, Gabriel had been exposed to guns, illegal narcotics, pornography and significant neglect. Frequently left alone in seedy hotel rooms to fend for his younger siblings and himself, Gabriel still stood up for, loved and wished to protect his parents, the two individuals in the world who had let him down most. This sad cycle of dysfunction was resolved and reversed primarily due to the efforts of Siles, who took a personal interest in Gabiel and hundreds of youngsters like him. “I am able to have a positive impact in the lives of traumatized children by being a good role model and caring individual who is consistently there for them,” Siles said. Siles was inspired to become a social worker after working with emotionally disturbed children in a residential treatment center. She earned a master’s in Social Work from California State University Chico. Currently employed as senior client services practitioner for Placer County Children’s System Of Care in Roseville, Siles says though she never envisioned working for Child Protective Services, she currently can’t imagine her life without it. “Seeing families change in a positive way for the children and reach their potential is what drives me,” Siles said. “I enjoy watching youth become successful — their perseverance and positive attitudes amaze me.” Though Siles works hard to help reunify children placed in protective custody with their natural parents, it is not always possible. In Gabriel’s case, parental rights were ultimately terminated and he along with his four siblings benefited from a kinship adoption. ~ Staff report