DO NOT WORK FOR YOUTH VILLAGES!
The positive: the clients are wonderful! My reason for posting this is in hopes that the upper management of Youth Villages will see this, realize they need to make some changes, and crack down on those persons that are requiring counselors to commit ethical violations. If they don't, then perhaps another good job-seeker won't make the same mistake I did.
My experience is these guys care much more about making money than they do about their client's wellfare. Everyone is given a verbal and written warning, so that you can be fired at will. You will be required to do unethical and illegal things such as fudging your documentation to ensure Youth Villages looks good. If something that happened at a foster home needs to be called into CPS, the child is immediately made out to look like a liar and you will be told not to call in the report. If you speak out or ask too many questions, you will be fired. It's that simple. They will then lie to Unemployment.
These people have connections with other agencies, and if you have to go to another agency with a client, people from the two agencies will contact each other and talk about you behind your back. Ridiculous things from these communications may show up on a write-up. Very close to slander/libel.
The upper management apparently have no idea what is going on with the various departments with one upper manager being extremely dishonest. There is at least one person who works there who is not doing her job appropriately and will tell all sorts of lies (including blaming you) in order to not get in trouble. Everyone is kept afraid to stand up for what is right, and if you speak out, no one will support you...as they are all kept afraid of losing their jobs. This is sad, seeing as there are a lot of great employees who work very hard. You will be given more work than any one person can possibly do. The turnover rate is incredibly high.