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Children’s Division Careers-Missouri Department of Social Services

Children’s Division Careers-Missouri Department of Social Services


My name is Ashley Black. I’ve been
working for Jackson County Children’s Division for five years and currently I
do TDMs which is short for Team Decision Making.
I started out teaching. I was working in the classroom and I realized that a lot
of students that I served in the classroom were underprivileged and so I
really wanted to get outside of the classroom and get into the community and
work with the families because I felt like internally I could do more outside
of the classroom. My name is Garry Dorris I’m a Training Technician II, I work for
Children’s Division. I’ve been with the agency for a little over seven years. I
just wanted to make it the community better by improving families, by working
with those kids who are involved in the system, and doing what I could to get
them out of the system. I went out and did some research and thought what would
be the next logical step for me to make more of an impact on the community and
it was it was Children’s Division. A typical day for me at work is never the
same, and that’s why I love it. Sometimes we’re mediators, sometimes we’re
therapists. Sometimes we’re there to hold people
accountable, we’re motivators, like I’m proud that I get to wear so many
different hats in the day. I think that if you’re gonna work for Children’s Division you have to enjoy being challenged. You’re not gonna experience
the same day twice. There’s always gonna be something new that comes at you. You’ve got to be able to problem-solve effectively, while under pressure because
our job is very demanding. You know we go out regularly, there’s on-call hours,
there’s court, you know things like that and so
you have to enjoy being challenged. But you also have to have this drive that
the work you’re going to do is going to make a difference. I think some of the
challenges for working at Children’s Division is that I think you have to
realize that this may not be for everybody. You have to be mentally
tough. You read things, you see pictures, there’s lots of that secondary trauma. It
may not be happening directly to you, but you’re experiencing through someone
else’s experiences. I know we work a stressful job, but just the attitude and the sacrifice that people make to be here
and help one another that to me is like the best. I love, love, love the people here.
This is a family and I tell people you cannot do this job by yourself. We are
all trained in child welfare and so if you need help our managers and our
supervisors are there to assist you. The job is pretty flexible and so if
you need time off for sickness, or if you need time off for maybe you know family
time, or whatever it is, they’re pretty flexible, because you know we work with
families and so we don’t want you to have to sacrifice your family in order
to be able to take care of these others. And we all know that if I can’t take
care of myself I’m not gonna be able to take care of anyone else. If you have a passion to want to help people and you want to learn, because Children’s Division is big on providing training and education for you and if you want to
learn you can do it here. The people that you work for and work with really want
you to grow in your profession. And so it’s not just the agency investing time,
it’s those people that are around you investing time in you. The most rewarding
thing about your career with Children’s Division is that you are making your
community stronger by making families stronger. You develop these relationships
and you really want to see them do well and so the more you want to see them do
well the harder you’re gonna work for them. So the thing that I find most
rewarding about my job is that I’m able to be impactful and I would say that you
can be impactful at other jobs but in this job your voice really matters and I
always say to the world you may be one person, but to a child you may be the world. When you see that child reunited with their family, or you see
that that child who can’t be reunited with their family who finds a new family,
I think it is super rewarding. I’m really proud to work for an agency that is
continually striving to be better and not only that but it’s continually
striving to make others better which in turn will make the community better. So, if you’re interested in working for Children’s Division you only need a few things. You need to be willing. You need to be willing to learn, and you need to be willing to go beyond the call of duty to meet
the needs of children. If you can do that I think everything else falls into place. People that come to work here no matter where they come from, I think that they
come to work here because they want to make an impact, they want to help
children they want to help families. I would just say to anyone that’s wanting
to join here don’t second-guess yourself. You love children, you can advocate for
children and you want to work with families, this is the place for you.

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