Proud to Protect

July 12, 2019 posted by

[Thoughtful, ambient string music] [Gentle Piano] [First female voice]
People ask me why I do this job. I understand why they ask. My days start early, and end late. I get called out in the middle of the night,
and on weekends and holidays. There's a lot to do and people's lives
are in my hands. I see things no one wants to see. I see children who've been hurt and
neglected, and families in crisis that need help to get back on their feet. What I do is not easy but I know why I do it. [First male voice]
I field calls at all hours of the day or night, and route the cases to be investigated. I hear some things that are hard to forget,
but someone needs to be there to listen [Second female voice]
I see people who can no longer
keep up their homes and don't have enough to eat, or who
can't afford the medicines they need to live. I see people who are victimized by
their own families, or by people they thought were their friends, but I know why I do what I do. [Third female voice]
I work to create a world where every child
has a healthy place to learn and grow, a place where every child feels safe and protected. [Second male voice]
I work with our communities to create the
programs that families need, and I help parents learn how to overcome challenges
before they become a crisis. [First female voice]
When children can't be safe at home, I make sure there's a safe place
for them to live. [Drums beat starts] [First collective voice]
We all do something important. We negotiate the contracts and pay the bills,
so people get the services they need. [Second collective voice]
We go to court to make sure children
and adults have a champion on their side. We write the rules and make the policies
that protect children and adults. [Music tempo picks up] [First collective voice]
We support the technology we need
to do this work. [Second collective voice]
We keep the records, and make the copies,
and transport families, and do all the routine but important things
that make it possible to protect people from abuse and neglect. [Commissioner's voice]
I see what you do and I know why you do it. It's not just for a paycheck. It's not because it's easy or because
you couldn't do something else. You do it because it's important. You do it because it matters. You change lives and make a difference every day. [Triumphant music swells] [Second female voice]
I make it possible for seniors to stay in
their homes and live their lives with dignity. [Third female voice]
When parents leave their kids in daycare,
I give them peace of mind. [First female voice]
I help parents to be the best they can be, and make families stronger. [Music climaxes, then dissipates] I keep children safe and
make Texas a better place. That's why I'm here. That's why I stay. [Strings decrescendo, with sparse piano notes]

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