The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Coalition of Adult Protective Services (OCAPS) has recognized Julie McKitrick as Ohio’s Adult Protective Services Worker of the Year in 2020.
Adult Protective Services helps vulnerable older adults who are 60 and older by investigating allegations of physical or sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Over the last three years, Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services led by McKitrick, has investigated over 200 reports of elder abuse.
Prior to working in Adult Protective Services, McKitrick had a successful career as a Long-Term Care Administrator. She left that field behind to be able to work directly with individuals in the community, promoting services to allow the elderly to be safe in their own homes and live with dignity.
McKitrick has been with the agency since early 2018 and has brought a level of professionalism and cooperation that has been refreshing in her role.
The Adult Protective Services Worker of the Year is an award recognized at the statewide conference, which was postponed due to the current health crisis. Through the flexibility of everyone involved, McKitrick received this recognition and a $1,000 training scholarship at a small agency gathering on March 13. Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services are extremely proud to recognize the extraordinary efforts and class that McKitrick brings to the residents of Ottawa County in her role as an Adult Protective Services Worker.