Hectic and all over the place.
Answered - Conservatorship Worker (Current Employee) - Houston, Texas
Based on how you schedule.
Answered - Adoption Preparation Worker (Current Employee) - San Antonio, TX
Flexible depending on when clients can meet you or even tending to emergencies. But regularly 8-5.
Answered - Social Worker (Current Employee) - Texas City, TX
Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm with travel and overtime during the busy part of the year which is June through August leading up to the end of our fiscal year which was August 31st.
Answered - CONTRACT TECHNICIAN III (Former Employee) - Austin, TX
There is no set schedule. I was a conservatorship caseworker. I had to go to work as early as midnight, 2 am, 5 am and I rarely knew from one day to the next when I'd get home. I can't stress enough how important it is to have reliable childcare available at all times day or night at a moment's notice.
Let's say I have to visit a foster home but they don't get home until 5:30 pm and the foster home is two hours away from the town where I live and am officed. That means I won't get home until around 8:30 pm. It would be nice if I could flex off that time by coming in later the next day but I can't because I have court in the morning and then a host of other appointments.
Or let's say you're about to go home but your supervisor tells you that a foster kid on your caseload just had a big meltdown and ran away and now you need to hurry up and go pick that kid up from the side of the road or the police station or wherever the kid is and then bring them back to the office and babysit the kid while you simultaneously prepare a placement packet which is roughly 50-75 pages long and call the placement coordinator to tell them you need a placement asap and then listen to them sigh or laugh and tell you that's not going to happen but they'll see what they can do and meanwhile you remember you have a family of your own so you call around trying to make sure someone can pick your child up and get him or her to soccer practice or dance class and be willing to babysit them overnight and possibly well into the next day but that person doesn't have a key to your house and your kids need clean clothes and their medicine and things so you have to make a mad dash home and run back to the office where you're informed that luckily a shelter 5 hours a way will take the kid but unfortunately the car rental place is now closed or all out of cars so you have to use your personal vehicle and you drive to the shelter. It's now after 10 pm and it takes two hours to go through all your placement paperwork and theirs and you get on the road after midnight and you're tired but you really want to get home to your babies so you drive bleary eyed through the night to get hone just as the sun comes up. It would be nice if you could get some sleep now but you've got court or home visits or PC's or court reports that are due. Congratulations you've worked your first cps all nighter and they'll be lots more.