Meet Donna White

This entry is part of a new series where WVCAN is bringing recognition to everyday heroes throughout the state. Each week through the end of the year, we’ll be highlighting a different team member – CAC staff or allied professional working with a center – who is a hero to us and the kids they serve.

 

Meet  Donna White. She is a Child Protective Services Supervisor for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) where she has been for the past 20 years. Donna is a team member at Comfort House in Brooke and Hancock Counties.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? When I’m able to help a family to overcome their issues and keep the family together.

Can you share a de-identified story about a child who inspired you? When I first started in CPS, I was part of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) on a case that was nearing the end. I read the entire case file, which was extensive – there was virtually every type of abuse and neglect inflicted on the children (physical, emotional and sexual). Some of the disclosures made by the children were horrific. All of the children had a multitude of clinical diagnoses and had years of inpatient treatment. The youngest girl was able to be placed into foster care and was eventually adopted by her foster family. She changed her name, and I have had the opportunity over the years to see homecoming pictures and catch glimpses of her new life. Knowing what she endured and where she is now both physically and emotionally is inspiring.

What keeps you up at night? I worry about whether people who suspect abuse or neglect among children will report it.

What motivates you? Seeing families helped and reunited, or if that is not possible, seeing children placed with a family.

What’s the best thing about working as a multidisciplinary team on child abuse investigations? Sharing information within the MDT keeps children from having to repeat their story over and over. Also, the police support of CPS workers in the field by providing […] physical support during removals and other stressful situations is important.

What was your first paying job? Short order cook at Bachmann’s Restaurant

Best stress relief. Target shooting. Plinking away at a target with a 10/22 rifle.

Favorite vacation spot. Ocean Isle, NC. I go the beach with my family nearly every year.

One gadget you can’t live without. Cell phone… isn’t that everyone’s?

If you could binge watch something this weekend, what is it? Grey’s Anatomy or This is Us

Favorite pizza toppings. Pepperoni and pineapple

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