I started at CHA in their daycare, then got an internship into the foster care department. After 13m I moved to their foster care program as a Case Aid, and 10m after that I became Caseworker. Four years after that I became Program Coordinator.
While at first I loved my job. I loved what I was doing, making a positive difference in the lives of children and families.
The company attempts to push work/life balance, and maybe it's only the program I was in, but in an emotionally exhausting job that's difficult to do. I was married to my work and after almost seven years there I was finally getting burnt out. I had four different positions, but 11 supervisors because of the turnover in the program. This made management even more messy when they always gave different direction/rules. The coworkers, while we're all social workers and some can be friends for life, some others can be real cut-throat and vindictive mostly because everyone is stressed.
If you're going into their foster care program, just be warned. They'll book you with an overabundant caseload, and when another caseworker leaves their caseload is spread to everyone else who is already overworked.
Don't believe the Indeed $39K-$49K expected salary. They'll only start you out with $30K. During the state-budget stalemate some of us didn't receive a raise for three years.
lack of growth, low pay