Career Story: Social Worker And Family Resource Counselor For A State Agency

Social Worker And Family Resource Counselor For A State Agency

Job Title: Social Worker

Type of Company: I work at the Massachusetts state agency that protects children from abuse and neglect.

Education: BS, Social Work

Previous Experience: I worked as a child care counselor with emotionally disturbed boys ages 6-13.

Job Tasks: I am a family resource worker. I work with foster homes and adoptive homes in Lowell, Massachusetts. My job is to ensure that foster parents get the support they need to provide for their foster children. Some of the foster children have behavior problems and emotional problems. We help them get to counseling and school activities and to visit their parents and their siblings. Some foster parents have to bring their foster children to medical appointments in far away and we help them to do that.

Family resource workers also plan activities for foster parents like annual Christmas parties, training sessions and support groups. The support groups are held each month in Lowell. One day a week I help place children in foster care, usually on an emergency basis. Their ages range from babies to teenagers. I also help send foster children to summer camp! The department helps teens prepare for college and lots of children want to attend. Some kids go to hairdressing school or a vocational school to learn a trade.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The hardest part of my job is seeing children who have been abused or neglected. Sometimes they are crying and do not want to leave their parents. Sometimes they are angry and mad at the social workers. I feel sad when I see teenagers who have been runaways and do not care about anything or anybody. Some teens have been on drugs or they have been hanging around with the "wrong crowd". Some teens have run away because there is too much trouble at home. I feel sad when brothers and sisters are separated from one another because our foster homes are too crowded. We do our best so the kids can visit each week or once a month.

Job Tips: First, go to college!! College is fun and a wonderful learning experience. Make sure you carefully choose your internships for social worker. Make sure you explore different internships because most school have many to offer. Your internship experience will help you choose what kind of social work you want to do after college.

Additional Thoughts: You have to be really open-minded and patient!!

Popular Schools offering Social Work Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science: Social Work, MA Human Services: Military Resilience, MA Human Services: Christian Ministry, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

SocialWork@Simmons is an innovative, online Master of Social Work program offered through the Simmons School of SocialWork, the nation’s oldest school of social work. Complete your MSW in as little as 15 months with this CSWE-accredited program. No GRE required.

  • Programs: Master of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master

Why Choose Widener University?

At Widener University, we proudly cultivate challenging and culturally diverse learning environments where academics, leadership, and service come first. Our curricula are connected to societal issues and challenge students to take social responsibility for their role in today's global society.

  • Programs: Masters of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master

Technology changes everything®

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

  • Programs: BA/Social Science - No Concentration, BA/Applied Behavioral Science, Master of Public Administration
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

  • Programs: Master of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master

Does psychology interest you? See if Grand Canyon University could be a good fit for your journey in discovering the human mind!

  • Programs: M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders, Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching, M.S. in Christian Counseling, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate
Argosy University
Ontario, Orange, San Diego

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Human Services (MS), Counseling Psychology (EdD), Counseling Psychology (MA)
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: Sports Counseling (Certificate) - Online, Law and Public Policy Certificate
  • Degrees: Certificate

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: M.S. in Human Services - Non-Profit Management, M.S. in Human Services/Forensic Mental Health Counseling, B.S. in Human Services / Human Services Management, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Certificate

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Degrees: Bachelor
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Family And School Social Workers, including:

Back to Top