Larry Prothro

Summary

Child Welfare and working with children and families has been my passion for over twenty years.In this time, I have had many marvelous opportunities and experiences that have furthered my career and increased my desire for this work. I have held five child welfare positions, from line staff to Director.All of these experiences have given me ample opportunity to learn and grow.I have had three opportunities to supervise staff and execute programs.I have learned budgeting and fiscal responsibility. A valuable lesson I have leaned in my work experience, is you always learn from others. My education has provided not only knowledge, but a desire to learn.The classes at Wichita State University have taught me how to apply what I am learning into my daily work with children and families.Another valuable lesson my professors have taught is that learning comes from outside of the classroom as much as inside the classroom. The volunteer opportunities have taught me to continue to give of myself and my time, so that others can help themselves and growth never ceases. The civic participation has provided me the possibility to serve others, while gaining a sense of pride in helping others.A line of the Optimist Creed that stays with me, “To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others” is a guiding light for the other areas of my life. Husband, father, child welfare worker, volunteer, and civic worker all make up who I am as a person.

Resume

LARRY D. PROTHRO

434 Hungerford Avenue - Haysville, KS 67060

(316) 522-1766

lprothro@cox.net

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Over twenty years experience in child welfare

Knowledge of Community Based Services for Youth and Families

Experience in Recruitment and Development of Adoptive Resources

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

YouthvilleJanuary 2011 to Present

Permanency Support Worker

  • Working with families towards the goal of reintegration
  • Visitation Reports and Court Reports
  • Case Plan development and Coordination of services for Case Plan
  • Supervision of Birth Family Visits
  • Education and training of Birth Parents
Saint Francis Community Services March 2006 to September 2010

Lead Adoption Worker

  • Worked with children and families for preservation of adoptive placement
  • Crisis case management with pre-adoptive and post-adoptive families statewide
  • Connected families with Community Based Services
  • Recruitment and retention of adoptive families for children with severe needs
  • Educated adoptive parents on parenting highly traumatized children
  • Team coordination of specialized services

Post Adoption Centers – Lutheran Family Services of NE March 2003 to March 2006

Program Coordinator – Kansas

·Developed community resources for post-legal adoptive families

·Identified resources in the community, region, and state for post-legal adoptive families

·Recruitment of post-legal adoptive families to access program services

·Developed of curricula for post-adoptive families and children

·Supervision of support staff and volunteers

·Implemented a monthly support group for post-legal adoptive families in Wichita and Hutchinson,Introduced a support group program for Adoptive Teens

·Developed a replication manual for non-profit agencies to use to implement community based respite care programs for children

COMPUTER SKILLS

Word, PowerPoint, Excel, EKidz

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Social Work May 2012

Wichita State UniversityGPA: 3.8/4.0

Interest

My interests include photography, reading, travel and playing golf.I greatly enjoy outdoor photography of nature and animals.I enjoy reading literature, short stories, and about social service topics relevant to my studies and career path. When given the opportunity, I play golf on the weekends.My wife and I enjoy travel to Canada and the northeastern part of the United States.

Volunteer Opportunities

YWCA Women’s Crisis Shelter: August 2007 to May 2008

In volunteer opportunity, I served as a positive male role model for the children staying at the shelter with their mother’s. I assisted with homework, played games and assisted the children on growth activities.This was a highly rewarding opportunity.

Senior Services of Wichita: 1980 to 1983

The Youth Service Project was a volunteer program that matched youth with seniors who needed assistance with yard work, light maintenance, and errands.This was my first opportunity to volunteer, which was an enjoyable experience.

Adoption with Wisdom and Honest; 1999 to 2010

AWH was a non-profit organization that provided support and education to pre-legal and post-legal adoptive families, community leaders, and child welfare workers.AWH had a volunteer board that led the organization in providing support services and education.All board members were a member of the adoption triad who were willing to share their experiences and help others.

Families Together 1999-present

I serve as an Educational Advocte for children in SRS custody. 

Civic Activities

I was a member of the Southeast Optimist Club 1996 to 2007.I served as the Club Newsletter Editor for five years, the Club Secretary for three years and Club President for one year.During my term as President, club membership increased by four members.The club donated over $25,000.00 to the Wichita Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services, Plane of Mercy, and the Kansas Children’s Service League.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Permanancy Support Worker

Youthville

Working with families towards the goal of reintegration

Visitation Reports and Court Reports

Case Plan development and Coordination of services for Case Plan

Supervision of Birth Family Visits

Education and training of Birth Parents

Recongnition for having the most Timely Reintegrations and the most Reintegrations for the First Quarter 2012 Fiscal Year

Mar 2006 - Sep 2010

Lead Adoption Worker

Saint Francis Community Services

Worked with children and families for preservation of adoptive placement

Crisis case management with pre-adoptive and post-adoptive families statewide

Connected families with Community Based Services

Recruitment and retention of adoptive families for children with severe needs

Educated adoptive parents on parenting highly traumatized children

Team coordination of specialized services

Mar 2003 - Mar 2006

Program Coordinator- Kansas

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

Developed community resources for post-legal adoptive families

Identified resources in the community, region, and state for post-legal adoptive families

Recruitment of post-legal adoptive families to access program services

Developed of curricula for post-adoptive families and children

Supervision of support staff and volunteers

Implemented a monthly support group for post-legal adoptive families in Wichita and Hutchinson,Introduced a support group program for Adoptive Teens

Developed a replication manual for non-profit agencies to use to implement community based respite care programs for children

Education

Education
Jan 2007 - Present

Under Graduate

Wichita State University

Presidents Honor Roll 13 of 16 Semesters with a GPA of 3.84

Social Work GPA 4.0

Member of School of Social Work Student Organization

Reseach focused classes

Aug 2005 - Dec 2006

Under Graduate

Friends University

General Education Classes

Skills

Skills

Photography

I have used this skill both personally and professionally.  I have taken photographs of over 200 children for adoption profiles for three agencies. 

Computer Skills

I am proficient in the use of Word, Excel, Power Point, PASW, and Publisher.  I am very capable of be trained in other programs.  In addition, I am proficient at social service electronic logging and information entry and preservation.