Foster Care Placement Specialist Career Essay

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Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with areas of study in Psychology and Criminal Justice. A Bachelor’s degree in these areas of study, can open the doors to many different career paths ranging from human services to research to counseling. Personally, I would like to seek a career that will allow me to have an impact on other people’s lives. For this reason, I choose to explore the career of a Foster Care Placement Specialist. To better understand the, job responsibilities, employment requirements and pros and cons of this career I decided to seek counsel from my friend, Rachel Zimmerman, a Family Services Specialist with the Virginia Department of Social Services. Rachel, is a graduate of Averett University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Prior to becoming a Family Services Specialist (FSS) working in …show more content…

She stated that typically a Bachelor’s degree is required in Social Work or a related field, such as, Psychology, Criminal Justice, or Sociology to be considered for this position. Further, experience in a human services field is strongly recommended, as this position requires comfort working with people for diverse backgrounds, economic statues, and belief systems while refraining from judgement. Rachel said, that having prior experience working at Social Services helped her a lot in her position as a FSS, since she had already become comfortable dealing with the general public. FSS, spend the majority of their time communicating with foster families, the family that the child was removed from, the child, and the court system. From her educational background, Rachel stated that her studies in Criminal Justice aided her greatly working with the court systems, especially regarding procedures for her cases for removal and placement of the

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