On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Saturday, April 30, 2011


A few months back, through ongoing discussions with my daughter's CBAY team, I was led on a journey by the parent support provider on the team to begin a journey to start a parent support group in my region. Long my soap box topic, our DBHDD region is piss poor for resources, wrap around services, availability of psychiatric, therapeutic and psychological physicians in addition we have NO RTC. Not one. Our crisis stabilization unit at the hospital has 28 beds for males and females ages 4-18. Yeah. that's no where near large enough. It means every parent in my area must go the minimum of two hours distance to place their child in an RTC. In addition, our state continues to move what resources we do have to other regions of the state. Worse yet, we have the largest region per square mile but are second to last in state DBHDD allocation of budget dollars! It's an all out mess.

At the beginning of the month, I met with a woman from our state's charter office for FFCMH so I could begin a local parent support group. She asked for my resume because the state charter was looking to hire parent support providers in various state regions in an effort to satellite the CBAY program by planting vendors in the currently unserved areas.

I applied.

I interviewed yesterday. And did my drug test. And am getting my fingerprint background check done in an hour.

It's a 1099 position, hourly pay with mileage. I would be self-generating leads and scheduling visits with families of high risk youths and adolescents with the purpose of helping those families find and access wrap around services in their community and qualifying for CBAY.

I'm excited! It's essentially what I do already, I've always been a hub for other parents. You can ask The Dad, I'm always on the phone with a mom of a challenged child that needs help or a listening ear. Now I'll get paid for it.

I've not officially been offered the position but even if I'm not, it won't matter, I will be getting the new parent support group off the ground. It will be called C.A.R.E., an acronym for Community Advocates Reaching Everyone, a FFCMH group.

Giddy doesn't describe it!

FFCMH find your state's charter group and find out how you can connect with a parent support provider in your area or how you can begin your own parent support group!


Jules said...

That's awesome. When I first read the title I though you were referring to the Hebrew Job - אִיּוֹב

Trauma Mama said...

Praying you get this job so you can get paid for what you are passionate about! Rock on!

Mama Drama Times Two said...

You amaze me...so happy this opportunity is there for you! Your experience and hard won wisdom will serve others well!

GB's Mom said...

A bright ray of light!

Mom to Four said...

WOO HOO!!!! The possibility of getting paid to do something you love and are already doing....SCORE! What a wonderful blessing you will be to these families.

cinch said...

WA HOOOOO as we say at the barn

Last Mom said...

That sounds really awesome! Thanks for the link. Resources in our area are pretty slim.

Tara - SanitySrchr said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL!! I can't imagine there being anyone more perfect for the job!