The position provided an excellent opportunity to provide direct services to families and children. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
Child Specialist V (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – August 17, 2015
I have worked with families and children throughout my career and retired from Oklahoma Department of Human Services as an administrator in Child Welfare Services. I desired to return to direct services and found the opportunity to do that through the Texas Department of Families and Services to Children.
It was delightful to have co-workers to work with and to learn from. The most difficult part of the job was the extremely large caseloads and long work hours which were often necessary to meet the needs of children, families, caretakers or demands of the Court system. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing I had helped facilitate a child's return to their home, a mother being able to provide a home for her children and foremost, children were safer after intervening in their behalf.
Conservatorship Specialist II (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – August 3, 2015
This is a very challenging job that many love and hate at the same time. There is a sense of satisfaction in helping families, but there is more work than is reasonable for any one person to accomplish. There is a lot of pressure to meet deadlines and always something new to learn. It is nearly impossible to turn the job off after work or take time off.
Decent benefits, lots of time off offered, mileage reimbursement
Difficult to take time off, extremely demanding job, too much stress
CPS SPECIALIST - INVESTIGATOR I (Former Employee) – Lufkin, TX – July 23, 2015
Be prepared for this job, you will face a lot challenges. Their training program is a joke and they won't teach you much. They might as well just give a giant binder with all the rules and regulations in it. My experience was not great because no one was willing to help me when I finished training.
I was hired during a major transition period for the organization. They decided to make their employees mobile, meaning they worked from home mostly. No one was ever in my office and I felt like they kind of threw me out there. I only lasted a year.
Terrible office environment, lots of gossiping and adults behaving like they're in high school.
Advice to the "higher-ups" would be to make sure your supervisors are doing their jobs in helping newcomers. Even after asking my supervisors and other coworkers, I got no help. Everyone wants to benefit themselves and themselves only.
Pay, stipend, flexibility
No help, heavy caseloads, terrible office environment, gossiping, selfish people, high school behavior
Child Protective Services Investigator IV (Former Employee) – Irving, TX – July 22, 2015
Long hours as an investigator with the expectation to make sure the children are safe at all times, even when you are not on the job. I enjoyed the job itself, but it was very demanding and some of the management was not supportive.
Protect children, help families, provide resources
Learning to work with numerous entites over the years.
Child Protective Supervisor II (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – July 15, 2015
TDPRS can be a demanding job as it involves working with abused children and their families. TDPRS also can lead to quick burn out if each employee does not take the time to properly balance work and home/social life which is important in all jobs. TDPRS can be rewarding when positive outcomes occur between children and their families and the employees at every level are able to bare witness to progress.
Ability to work diligently with children and families
Based on the emotional factor, can lead to quick burn out
Working for the office that I worked at was crummy, and the supervisors were so unprofessional and not helping at all. Basically you attend training which does not at all prepare you for the field experience, and once training is complete you're thrown to the wolves as if you know your job.They expect you to learn as you go, and the experience I had was overwhelming and veeery stressful!!
Worker (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – May 27, 2015
This job gave a lot of advancement opportunities but it is very emotional draining and will take over your whole life. The job involves children removed from their parent's care and placed with a relative or foster care. the whole system is sneaky and biases.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATOR II (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – April 15, 2015
During a typical day at work, you juggle many different responsibilities, like interviewing children and families, reaching out to community resources, and writing legal documents. It is a hard job but it is worth it.
A typical day is unheard of. The job entails a variety of different aspects in which changes occur frequently. While working here I have learned to work with many different personalities. The hardest part of teh job is meeting time constraints for documemtation. The enjoyable part of the job is the flexibilty and cool people you meet while working here.
Supervisor/Manager II (Former Employee) – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – March 4, 2015
Each person hired by the state is well aware of the time and commitment required for this job. It is a very rewarding field to be involved with. One learns how to be very organized, write extremely well, get along with departments, agencies and the public. One learns to be very detailed and also how to handle any emergency. This was an excellent opportunity.
Learned to work with multiple agencies
One cannot end their day until everything is completed.