@fosterwhat asked what the Easter Seals program was.
Basically, from what I understand, Easter Seals are contracted by DCF here to provide certain services. They provide parent coaching, monitor visits, facilitate shared parenting meetings, and provide transportation.
Each child/case is assigned a specific Easter Seals worker. That worker is the parent coach. Rooster has had three different ES workers, although he doesn’t have one any more since his mom asked to end all coaching.
Transporters/monitors are a different position than the coaches. We have a rotation of 4 different workers that transport and monitor visits.
The whole ES model seems kind of wonky to me. They call visits “family time” and just have a certain air about the way they talk that seems weird. It feels very much like hippie circle everyone love each other let’s all hold hands and sing. It just feels forced and weird. I know I’m not explaining it well, it’s a vibe.
Ducky’s ES worker called this morning and asked to stop in and chat after he monitors the visit. ES has never visited my home, but sure. Then he said he will need to see where Ducky sleeps and check out the house… I really don’t think that is in his job description. But sure? I don’t think I get to say no, and there is nothing to hide. I’m pretty sure ES is supposed to focus on bio parents and helping them, not on checking out foster families. That is the CWs job. I’ll check in with some other people after to make sure this is normal.
Off to reassemble the now clean rock and play that Ducky peed all over this morning. And to clean my room, which is where Ducky sleeps and the unfolded laundry lives.