Rose Wasike (MSW '15)
Mrs. Rose Wasike worked with vulnerable children and families for over 10 years before traveling to the United States to earn her MSW at Baylor University. After completion of her degree, she returned to Kitale and is currently the Programs Director of Buckner Kenya. Rose is passionate about applying the Family Hope Center Model to Buckner’s programming within her community and across Kenya. Currently, the model is implemented across five family centers working in foster, kinship and residential programs.
According to Rose, implementation of this model can translate to other Social Workers’ contexts of work with seven programmatic milestones:
- Family Engagement
- Family Registration
- Family Baseline
- Family Assessment
- Family Coaching Sessions
- Family Transformation Plan
- Graduation Survey
Presenting the Family Hope Center Model is invaluable to colleagues in similar fields of work, even those in differing contexts (i.e., Family and Child Services, Family Coaching, Child Welfare). Rose is hopeful that as this model continues to be implemented, Buckner will be able to collect more and more data on how it supports and impacts families across Buckner’s many locations.
Research and investment in continued education are essential values in the Social Work profession. Rose’s work in managing the implementation of a model that accounts for its relevancy to a community or context, in addition to fostering ongoing understanding of best practices and model impact will continue to change the lives of Kenyan families.