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.
Ranch Ehrlo’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) has experienced great success and expansion since its inception in 2006.
With increasing demand and a growing waitlist, families are participating in the program with hopes to reunify their families or keep them together.
The FTP is the only program of its kind in North America, working to improve family safety, family functioning, and child well-being. Families are provided with 24/7 on call services, intensive in-home family support services, clinical and educational services, counselling, family therapy, family camp, cultural programming and more.
We realize that starting a new program, opening your life to strangers, and perhaps relocating from your home community is a scary step for many. We won’t tell you how to feel or what to expect, we’ll let you listen to parents who have participated in the program themselves.
“It’s the most support I’ve ever had. I don’t even know how to thank these people,” Daryl, father of two, said of the staff. “They want you to succeed in this program; they advocate for you all the way.”
Listen to more of what Daryl and fellow parents had to say about their experiences, and learn more about what to expect when you come to the family treatment program.
Ranch Ehrlo Society is honoured to once again be one of Saskatchewan’s top employers. This is the fourth year the agency has been recognized as an exceptional place to work.
“We are extremely pleased to see Ranch Ehrlo recognized for being a place that puts employees first,” said Andrea Brittin, CEO and president. “The programs and services we offer our clients are of the highest standards. We are only able to achieve this because we attract the best and most compassionate staff by being an agency that offers great training opportunities, room for professional development, and competitive salaries.”
“But working at Ranch Ehrlo is more than a job, employees have a passion for making the lives better for children, youth, and families in the province,” she added. “They get up every morning and head to work knowing they will be making a difference.”
At Ranch Ehrlo staff have the opportunity to directly impact lives of youth from your first days on the job. With more than 750 employees and a history of excellence going back more than 48 years, the Ranch is an enduring leader in youth care services. At Ranch Ehrlo Society, dedicated youth care workers, directors, unit managers, educational and other professionals are making a difference every day in the lives of hundreds of youth from across Canada.
To support a rewarding work experience the Ranch also offers:
Vacation leave enhancement
Family leave days
Maternity/parental/adoption leave and salary top-up
Employee wellness plan reimbursement
Short and long-term education leave
Voluntary registered pension plan matched by the agency
This year’s winners were announced on Feb. 4, 2015 in special supplements published by the Regina Leader-Post and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, as well as online at Eluta.ca. Saskatchewan’s Top Employers list features organizations that have developed progressive and forward-thinking employee programs in their respective fields.