Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New Job and More News!

Guess who has a new job!!!! That's right! This girl!

I will be working at a local children's home providing services to families who have been separated by DFCS due to abuse, neglect, or other negative circumstances. To say I am excited is an understatement!

At our main campus, we provide residential services to approximately 78 children ages 6 years old to 18 years old. We have several campuses throughout the southern part of our state. 

I will be working right off campus providing community based services to families and children. My primary role will be to supervise visitations with families and children. This will include assessing, teaching, and modeling affective/appropriate parenting skills as well as working with a multidisciplinary team to establish permanency for the children whether that be through reunification or adoption. 

While my job position is not titled "child life specialist," I truly believe that my skills as a child life specialist are so perfect for this job. Most of these children have been abused (physically, emotionally, and/or sexually) or neglected in the worst of ways. These children typically struggle to effectively communicate their feelings and cope with the multitude of emotions they are experiencing. Development of younger children can also be delayed due to abuse or regressive behaviors can occur. 

I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months about being a child life specialist in disguise in an organization that knows very little about child life! 

Also- Another update on my life.... I got engaged! 

Next October, I get to marry my best friend! 

Once again, I sincerely apologize about our lack of new posts... We had the best intentions of being awesome during the month of September... and then October... and now it's November... 

Maybe we will do better now! Hope all is well with y'all! 



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