Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Meet the Staff - Cara Filipski

Cara Filipski, MSSW
What would you do if your brother told you you could fly like a bird off the top of the basement stairs if you just used his back as your launchpad? Would you do it?  Cara Filipski was five years old and completely trusting of her older brother.  She perched on his back and catapulted herself forward in her attempt to fly around the basement like a bird.  Says Cara "I was young and thought my brother had my best interest at heart...well he didn't."  Cara hit the bottom of the stairs and knocked out her front tooth, which had to be glued back into place.  "If you see my school pictures during the next two years, you can easily see the glue surrounding my front tooth."

All this occured in Downs, Kansas (population 1,200) and home of the Kansas Storytelling Festival where Cara grew up with her two older brothers.  She received her Bachelors in Social Work in 2003 from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. (Go Tigers!)  Cara moved to Dallas  because she wanted to be near her brother (hopefully NOT the one who turned her into Tweety Bird).  Since arriving in Dallas, Cara has completed her Masters degree in Social Work from UTA, met the man of her dreams, married, and started working at Hope Cottage.

Making a difference in the lives of children and families is something Cara has always wanted to do, inspired by the aunt who has been a social worker for thirty years. 

In her free time, you can find Cara shopping for pink as she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in July.  Cara's most recent read is Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten and her favorite movie is "Annie". 

Cara's primary responsibilites at Hope Cottage are working with our birthmothers.

Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.

If you have questions about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 214.526.8721.

If you are a woman facing an unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

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