The majority of residents who come to Ranch Ehrlo Society begin living in an intake unit located on one of our three campuses at Corman Park, Buckland, or Pilot Butte.
During this stabilization and assessment period, youth become familiar with the routines and rules of the Ranch; they meet their staff and get to know the other nine youth living in the home. This living environment is highly-structured as the days are filled heavily with programming to meet the needs of the youth.
Here at the Ranch, there are dozens of job available at any given time. We employ people from various backgrounds, factoring in their previous experience, training, and formal education. The frontline workers are those who make up the bulk of our staff. Some of the most well-known positions are Youth Care Workers (YCW), Youth Care Leaders (YCL), Personal Support Workers (PSW), and Clinical Support Leaders (CSL). But what does it take to hold these titles? How do they differ from one another? And what meaning really stands behind those acronyms?
Guest blog by Treatment Foster Care parent Kayely Rich.
Being a parent is the most important job you’ll ever have; it isn’t over at 2 a.m. when exhaustion hits; it doesn’t let up when you’re sick with the flu; and it demands even more when you think you have nothing left to give.
My husband and I decided to take on the challenge of becoming not only parents, but foster parents.