dcsimg

Career Story: Regional Director For An Adult Foster Care Program

Regional Director For An Adult Foster Care Program

Job Title: Regional Director/Social Worker

Type of Company: My company is a for-profit organization that provides elder care services. The specific program is a state-funded Adult Foster Care program.

Education: B.A. in Psychology •• Master of Social Work (MSW)

Previous Experience: Following earning my MSW, I have worked in various positions in the field of aging, including the Director of Social Services at long-term care facility and then as the Social Worker for a municipality.

Job Tasks: My overall responsibility is to direct and supervise all aspects of our Adult Foster care program for the Boston area. This includes oversight of Program Managers and staff, ensuring delivery of the program and compliance with state regulations, marketing and outreach, and budget oversight.

I work with the staff on client (one of the adults we help) and caregiver recruitment, dealing with client issues, providing clinical support to staff, and helping to problem solve as needed. It is my responsibility to be sure that our clients and caregivers meet the state requirements for our program.

My role also includes developing business relationships with vendors and working with state and federal agencies toward the development of a program to meet needs of specialized clients. I am presently working with agencies such as the Veteran's Administration and Department of Mental Health to collaborate to meet the needs of such clients in finding appropriate caregivers and ensuring all of these client's service needs are met. I am responsible for recruiting and hiring of staff, as well as training and orientation. I work with the staff on their professional goals, ongoing performance, and corrective action as needed.

As a Regional Director, I need to ensure for quality assurance for our client, caregivers, staff, and business partners and identifying best practices for our program (recommending system changes, updating policies).

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I enjoy the opportunity to work on behalf of elderly and disabled clients by offering them the opportunity to live in their own homes versus living in a long-term care facility. Our program provides their family members both financial and emotional support so that they can care for their family member in their home. I love that I work with clients and families from various backgrounds and in culturally and economically diverse areas. Since the program was new, it was initially a challenge to get the word out, but developing marketing skills became easier over time.

Job Tips:
1. In order to be able to be successful in a social services career, you need to take care of yourself. Set boundaries with your clients and as best you can, try not to take your work home with you.

2. You can only help those who wish to help themselves.

3. Always remember to start with where the client is. Ask the client to identify what he/she sees as the problem, and do not impose what you see as the problem.

Popular Schools offering Social Services Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

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
  • Programs: Master of Social Work
  • Degrees: Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA Human Services: Military Resilience, MA Human Services: Christian Ministry, MA in Professional Counseling - 60 Hour, more...
  • Degrees: Master

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(EdD) (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Sports Counseling (Certificate) - Online, Law and Public Policy Certificate, Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling (Certificate) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

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

Find a school near you

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 Social And Community Service Managers, including:

SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104