One must think out of the box for this job. Technically speaking, you are supporting your clients in too many ways to count. Every client is referred over by MCFD. The goal as a worker is to review the referall and setup a contract signing. The worker arranges with the new clietn and social worker to sign a contract. Now, before doing this, one must go over the refferal, view risk assessments, pin point what goals can be achieved and so forth BEFORE even going into the contract signing. At the contract signing, the client, whom are parents of children that have been removed by MCFD, can be highly random at times. There can be the slight possiblility that their children have been recently removed, so the meeting has to be handled carefully. As per meeting, once you have introduced yourself to the client you must ask them if they understand why they are here. If they are confused, explain to them the reasons for their children's removal. This can be a tough moment for them, but as a worker you must be strong and professional. The meeting will then continue on, the companies services will be explained to the client, as well as the goals. The platform that is used for the goals is called S.M.A.R.T goals. This model is used because of it's time limited straight forward approach that can be within the client's achievement scale. Once the client, family skills worker, and social worker have all run through the contract it is ready to sign. One must continuously express that this is a binding agreement. Say for example, you sign the contract, and the goals say. Parent is allowed supervised access weekly under the condition that the parent shows and participates in their 1 on 1 with the family skills worker. If this goal is not made clear, and not get in strong ruling. Then enabling is a possibility. There can be times when a client comes in and a worker has to cancel a visit because they did not show up for their one on one. This can be hard, as the parent may forget about the contract agreement and show up to the company disgruntled. There is HUGE communication needed, to provide that everyone's emotional well being is intact and safetly.
There is really a lot more to explain about this job, but in short, it is not for the weak minded. You have a limited amount of time to work with these parents on their relationships, life skills, parenting skills, substance abuse, or whatever the problem. The fact that it is time sensitive is very hard as well. The possibility that if the parent does not keep up to task, they will lose their child forever is heavy. The whole environment can be heavy at times. I believe one must be strong hearted and never give up when people are in need. I had a great time working there, and you will learn that your co workers are truly your family as well.