DHS Child Welfare is no joke of a job
This kind of work can either be the most rewarding and satisfying work you will ever do, or it will simply break you and leave you a crumpled heap. Not much middle of the road working child welfare. First rule, before accepting the position, is to do a true self analysis. How emotionally prepared are you for what you will encounter? If you are a starry-eyed dreamer thinking you will change the world with your sparkly personality, you are too naive for this type of work. If you have no real life experience or if you haven't been around the block a few times, brace yourself for a side of life you may never experience elsewhere. It can be fascinating and amazing, or horrifying and dangerous, and sometimes all at once. I loved this job for many years. I thrived in the chaos and never ending crisis, knowing I was making a positive impact in someone's life today. But there's only so much abuse anyone can take. Eventually, the endless tide of trauma catches up and washes over you. PTSD sets in and burnout cannot be held at bay any longer. When that happens, do yourself and your clients a favor; get out and find something else to do. Too much is at stake to be cavalier about it. If you can no longer give your clients 100%, you owe it to them to get out. Seriously, their families are counting on you giving your all.
Satisfaction that your efforts made a difference in someone's life today.
Just like the cops, everyone hates your lousy guts until they need you. Perpetually overworked and understaffed.