Rewarding job working with children and their families.
Pros: flexible schedule, friendly staff, healthcare
This is a great job in which you work with children and their families. You become very involved in the lives of your clients.
I spend my day going to the day care, a foster parents home or a school and pick up a child. I then transport the child back to the agency to have a scheduled visit with their parent. These children have been removed from their families and have been placed in foster care for various reasons. The children then get a special time to see their mom or dad in a visiting room. While their visit is going on, I am assessing the situation. I am looking for appropriate actions between parent and child, appropriate communication, and their over all actions with each other. I will write a report of what occurred during the visit and what I observed. This report is for the case workers, DCFS and the court system to have an idea of how the parent is interacting with their child. How the visits go can help determine when and if a parent gets custody of their children returned or if their parenting status is terminated. After the visit is over, I transport the child back to the place that I picked the child up.
When it comes to management, my supervisor, is the most wonderful and caring person that I know. I am so honored to have the pleasure of working for her. She is very understanding, honest and compassionate.
The co-workers at this agency are amazing! They all help each other out. They are all friendly and I truly believe that they would be there for anyone if needed. That was clearly witnessed when a co-worker just lost everything she had in the Washington, – more... IL tornado. Everyone came together, offered their assistance and donated money and items to her.
There are only a couple things that I find difficult about this job. First, some days might not go so well when you are involved with children who are going through such a difficult time in their lives. Secondly, the pay is very little and it is very difficult for me to make it financially. You don't go into this job to get rich. It's not about the money, however; I do have to be able to get by.
The thing I enjoy most about the job is spending time with the kids. They get attached to you and you get attached to them. It is also very exciting when cases come to a close, everything has been resolved and the parents has been through all of their therapy so, the children are able to be returned home. That moment is priceless! – less