I’m Anne Reed (Pettenon) and graduated from MU in 2006. I attended the University of Illinois and received my MSW in December 2007. Right from the start, including my internship at MU, my career path focused on Child Welfare. I completed my MSW internship at the then Catholic Charities Champaign office in their foster care department. I was hired as an employee during my internship as a Case Assistant, and then through the years obtained my CWEL license (Child Welfare Employee License) became a Foster Care Case Manager, Foster Care Lead Worker, and Foster Care Team Supervisor. My time at Catholic Charities (agency now known as the Center for Youth and Family Solutions) ended about the same time Catholic Charities decided to close their foster care department. I left at the end of December 2011.
In January 2012, my husband and I ventured back to the Chicagoland area to our current home in Lockport, IL. I had taken a new job at another private Child Welfare Agency called SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois. Our daughter, Julia, was born in January 2013 and really changed the way we both worked with children and families.
In January 2014, I went to my current position as a Child Welfare Supervisor at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Aurora.
Our second daughter, Margot, was born in November 2015
The Behavioral Sciences classes that I took at Millikin fully prepared me for my career as a social worker. I have supervised (and currently supervise) many interns coming from other schools, and Millikin really gives its’ students a leg up.