Pros: the love and seeing the changes in lives of the program residents are the best part, but i have decent insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, gratis week during the christmas holidays, and a floating holiday. i also have flexibility in receiving time off, or i can work hours other regular business hours for personal or family needs
The hours are great and organization is flexible when the need arises. I love seeing the foster children and single mothers with their children come from places of fear, insecurity, abuse, neglect, etc. flourish while in their respective programs. I have seen children shy and frightened blossom into outgoing social butterflies, and single mothers overcome self-destructive behaviors-addictions, low self-esteem, self-doubt, etc. and graduate from college or trade schools.
I was in the program for single mothers so they have a special place in my heart, I do everything I can to encourage them to see the potential I can see in them.
In addition, while I was in the program myself, I became ‘Mom’ to several of the foster children, and I loved hearing them call me that. When asked how many children do I have, I proudly say, “Around 60, but only 2 of them did not have a choice in the matter.” Moreover, since I am old enough to be a mom to most of the other single moms, they too have called me ‘Mom,’ but they best thing was when their children started calling me ‘Grandma.’ It was cool, even if my children have not ‘officially’ made me one; I have many precious ‘grandbabies’ out there.