As part of Franklin County Children Services’ intake, assessment and investigations department, Emily Brentlinger collaborates with families who are in crisis and develops a plan to ensure their children’s safety. As a child welfare caseworker, Brentlinger is an advocate for the voiceless and most vulnerable. “Caseworkers help children to have a voice when they are sometimes fearful or too young to express negative things happening to them,” she says. In addition to protecting children from abuse and neglect, Brentlinger supports families facing challenges such as mental health concerns, housing emergencies or unemployment. Brentlinger is always grateful when she can make a difference, such as when she recently helped an abused child reunite with her biological father and move into a safer, more stable home.