The hardest part of my job hasn't been the long hours, not having scheduled breaks, or the fact that sometimes you couldn't even sit down for a meal.
The hardest part of my job has been watching children's heart break and trying to convince them that their life will get better. .
How do you convince a child that they are loved after so many years of being told differently? How do you reassure them that their family members are going to show up for a visit this time? How do you prepare them for their next foster home and reassure them that this family won't give up on them, unlike the last time. .
After months of treatment, you then have to step back and let that child go. You wish and pray that the next placement takes good care as you did with that little boy and that little girl. You have no idea what life might throw at them next, but you just pray that they will remember or hold on to something you have taught them along the way.
Cheers to the long nights that have turned into dance battles, the note giving, the baking, car rides and sing alongs.
After all, there is a lot of joy, and laughter amongst the tears. It takes a strong person to be able to balance both. Happy Child and Youth Care week to all my other professionals. You are the real MVPs! .
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