To some, the work of a child abuse investigator can seem filled with misery and despair.
It’s true that it’s pretty dark when you’re up to your elbows in a sex abuse case.
But there is also much joy to experience in this line of work, if only you look for it.
Many of the families I work with have loved ones who have been right there by their side, working as hard as they can to help that family and keep the children safe.
There are people in schools, daycares, and churches, who knew something wasn’t quite right in the homes of some children, so they gave those kids a little extra affection, or maybe pooled their meager earnings to buy clothes, food, or diapers to help the family out of a jam.
There are helping professionals who work diligently with families, keeping odd work schedules and coming up with creative solutions to meet families’ needs.
And then there are the children. They are strong, vibrant, and filled with life. They are survivors who can face adversity with determination to make it through.
Their capacity to heal is nothing short of amazing. Children who have been abused or neglected for years, when planted in a nurturing environment, can blossom into fascinating creatures.
Yes, there is much pain in what I do. But there is even more hope. And, honestly, where would any of us be without hope?
There’s plenty of jobs out there that pay better, but money will never match the rewards that come from helping another human being.