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Hannah Crean, a caseworker with the county’s Children and Youth Department, is Franklin County’s December Employee of the Month. Co-workers describe her as “a true and fierce advocate for families.”

She began working for Franklin County in July of 2016. She currently serves as Caseworker II-Ongoing for Children and Youth Services. The county’s STAR committee selects Employees of the Month. There were a total of thirteen nominations. 

Pictured, left to right: Commissioner Bob Thomas, Hannah Crean, Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller, and Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski. (Photo courtesy Franklin County Commissioners)

Her hard work and “can do” attitude was cited in her nomination for the award.

Recently, thanks to Crean, several children were able to return home to their families. Her work also made it possible for a parent, who was being deported, to see their child for the final time.

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”She did not have to do it,” the person who nominated her said. “She could have just let both the parent and the child continue on without any kind of closure, but Hannah knew it was the right thing to do.“ 

Persevering Through Harsh Realities

Crean persevered through the harsh realities of being a Children and Youth Caseworker, according to her nomination.

“Despite the harsh nature of her career, Hannah continues to be a bright ray of sunshine and press on with a positive mindset toward the job and toward the families.“

Crean often volunteers to take on tough cases and never refuses to help anyone. She is quick to take the helm and guide others through their own obstacles, despite whatever she may be facing herself. 

“Hannah goes above and beyond for her families and gives each of them 150%. She sees beyond what is on the surface and encourages everyone who comes into contact with her. There is never a question as to whether or not she truly cares,” one coworker said.

Advocate for Children, Families

 Another co-worker writes: “Hannah works tirelessly to advocate not only for the children on her caseload but also for the parents. She is a true and fierce advocate for families and for reunification. She cheers on parents and encourages them in their darkest days.

“Through her never-ending support, she recently helped a mother fight for herself and achieve sobriety, freedom from an abusive relationship, and the independence to support her kids on her own – ultimately resulting in reunification of the family. These children are very bonded to mom and it was the best possible outcome. Hannah never gave up on this family. She achieved something even I doubted as possible.”

The third nomination form for Crean written by yet another co-worker says: “Since I have been on board with Children and Youth, Hannah has been extremely helpful and welcoming.

Mentoring Others

“Whenever Hannah has an opportunity to take me out into the field, she does. During these trips, I pick her brain about paperwork and also some random questions. She always answers to the best of her knowledge and if she doesn’t know the answer she will find it out. Hannah is an extremely valuable employee who truly cares about the families and children we serve.”

Crean’s outstanding characteristics are attributes that have not gone unnoticed by her peers. The nomination form describes her as being an advocate, very knowledgeable, and empathetic.

Commissioners describe her as a valued employee with a high standard of customer service, excellence, and respect to the employees and residents of Franklin County.

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