Entry level direct care staff are responsible for engaging youth to actively participate in their treatment by fostering opportunities for them to develop daily living skills, and social skills.
A typical day of work includes supervising youth and joining them in various activities - games, meal preparation, life/social skill groups, recreation trips in the community, supporting visits with families/guardians.
I learned a lot about myself, patience, trauma, and the hopelessness of humanity without Christ; our great need for a savior!
Management does the best they can, the problem is the system - it's always about money, so a lot of unfortunate things happen (remain in placement, or don't get referred to services they need) to these kids because they don't meet certain criteria to get funding for what they need.
I worked hard a supervisor create teams that valued integrity, investment, and sacrifice. I loved the teams I was apart of!
The hardest thing about the job is being surrounded by stress, aggression, and pain constantly.
The most enjoyable part about the job is seeing youth get discharged and be successful; reconciliation and reunification of families; or kids placed with new families that will protect and care for them.