Patricia finds and develops new families willing and able to parent the foster youth in our program. She also assesses the youth referred to our program by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, to see if we have any good matches for potential foster homes. Once she determines that one of our homes is a good fit for a particular youth, Patricia follows up with the intake process until the placement is fully established.
Her happiest moments working at Little City include serving on the planning committees for our family holiday party and summer picnic. During the planning stages, she enjoys interacting with co-workers she doesn’t normally work with in her day-to-day responsibilities. At the events Patricia is rewarded by seeing our youth and their families enjoying a pleasant afternoon with other families in the Chicago programs.
Patricia has had the privilege of finding Little City foster homes for a couple of youth that she’s known for years, from working with them in her previous employment. She’s very proud to be able to stay involved with them, even peripherally, and watching the progress they’re making as they grow up and benefit from the supports they’re getting now.
In her position since June of 2013, Patricia says she enjoys that she’s been able to work with other departments, like marketing and development. Her previous positions have focused solely on direct clinical services to clients. Her advice to new hires:
“The work we do is hard, but necessary. You’re going to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but in that moment, it can help to remember the reason you felt inspired to do this work in the first place: to make a difference for the people you’re serving. That, and don’t forget the importance of practicing good self-care!”
Patricia is an avid reader, baker and beginning gardener, who always has music playing around her. The mindfulness prompt she keeps taped to her computer monitor is “Choose to inhale.” Patricia lives in Chicago with her husband and their very chubby, very friendly cat.