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Children's Home + Aid Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Nancy Ronquillo
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Pros
  • Great benefits, multiple locations, room to grow (in 2 reviews)

  • It is a great company but I drive ninety minutes one way (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • No room to advance in many areas (in 4 reviews)

  • Low pay, long hours, lack of support (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working and helping the kids

    Cons

    Basically working for the government so low pay


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Foster Care Case Manager"

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    Former Employee - Foster Care Case Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Foster Care Case Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children's Home + Aid full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the vast majority of my coworkers a lot. Building relationships with kids, biological parents, and foster parents was mostly rewarding.

    Cons

    There is a high turnover rate at this agency. Everyone is overworked and underpaid. DCFS does not want to spend any money on services for kids who so desperately need them. If you work here in a case management position, expect daily stress with little support for upper management. The culture can be a bit weird - people will sometimes get 'thrown under the bus' so to speak, so everyone is obsessed with creating paper trails to prove that they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

    Some of the foster parents were legitimately TERRIBLE PEOPLE who were only in it for the money.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody feels valued at this agency, which is why it's so easy to leave and there is such a high turnover rate. Show your employees they are valued by raising pay. People with full time jobs should not be struggling to get by. Don't just license anyone who wants to be a foster parent! There should be better efforts made to recruit potential foster parents because some of the ones used by the agency are literal human trash.


  3. "Training Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Training Assistant in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Current Employee - Training Assistant in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children's Home + Aid full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible hours. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Non-for-profit, so there is no money.


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  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Packing Food Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Packing Food Server in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Children's Home + Aid part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company Great Environment And people.

    Cons

    Summer Program Not Worth It..


  6. "Former Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Children's Home + Aid full-time

    Pros

    Programs have very caring staff working in them.

    Cons

    Administration focuses more on outputs then on outcomes and direct care staff.
    Many of the program leadership is average at best.


  7. "staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Children's Home + Aid full-time

    Pros

    Highly respected in the field and great staff.

    Cons

    The work is emotionally demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to support staff.


  8. "To Give Help, Hope, and Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children's Home + Aid full-time

    Pros

    Children's Home and Aid is a great company to work for. The management believes in investing in their staff. This allows the agency to have the best team in order to do the most for families. There are many great, unique programs to meet the needs of all families that come into contact with our agency.

    Cons

    Great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the staff, provide them with the tools to serve our families.


  9. "Child Welfare Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great company but I drive ninety minutes one way.

    Cons

    None, my travel time is long.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Therapist"

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    Former Employee - Family Counselor/Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Family Counselor/Therapist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team work and positive environment

    Cons

    Lots of changes happening and moving offices, position changes


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great working with kids, top level management oblivious to CSI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding working with students and staff at elementary school.

    Cons

    Organization went through major lay-offs. Could do a better job of unifying organization. Very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with staff members.


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