Pros: my co-workers were supportive
Cons: cases cut into private life, because you are on-call a lot.
No two days are necessarily going to be the same, because of the nature of foster care case management. Each of us are given a certain number of families on our caseload, Our job is to examine each case;meet the needs of the family toward a goal of family re-unification or the loss of parental rights in which case the child or children would be placed in a foster care home. Each case has to go through the court system and therefore each case file must be kept up-to-date, with any action taken on the case documented. There were monthly home visits, foster home visits, school visits, and quarterly court hearings on each family.
I learned how juggle time, and resources. Our Management person was a bit aloof, but she did her job.
One of the most challenging parts of the job was fitting all of the unexpected things that constantly popped up into a schedule that was already busting at the seams.
What I liked most about the job was helping families work out their problem and reunite.
My co-workers and I were very unified; helping and encouraging each other whenever possible.