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Children's Home Network Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. "No room to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Great agency in the community

    Cons

    No room to advance career

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for current employees


  2. "Primary Caregiver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Children's Home Network full-time

    Pros

    Working with foster children and the community at large.

    Cons

    Poor staff and administrative support.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Supportive, friendly, caring, and positive staff.

    Cons

    Low pay and not many opportunities to move up.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible management and worse corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Children's Home Network full-time

    Pros

    Helping traumatized children cope with their world and the outside world.

    Cons

    Harsh corporate culture, low pay, minimal benefits and no leadership makes for a disengaged staff.

    Advice to Management

    This was a challenging but rewarding place to work. It was truly a home for displaced children. New CEO in 2012 changed culture from helping, caring organization to a money seeking holding cell for troubled youth. Long time employees who dedicated their lives to the home were dismissed or left quickly on their own accord. Turnover became overwhelming and employees just go through the motions now and leave as soon as they can.


  5. "Heads in beds vs. making a difference..."

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    Former Employee - Youth Caregiver in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Youth Caregiver in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Children's Home Network (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of your co-workers and cottage supervisors are engaged. They try to be supported, but are overworked and under resourced. The community does provide a strong level of support which allows for events and activities that otherwise would not be possible for the kids. If you make it 6 months, lots of internal opportunities. Benefits (PTO / Medical) are not stellar, but at the water line - which for a non-profit is impressive.

    Cons

    No formal training or support from administration for the residential program. Be prepared to be on shift & often one of only two caregivers with up to 12 youths/clients. Because "The Children's Home" is often a go-to for funding sources struggling to place clients with known behavioral issues your shift as a Youth Caregiver means getting accustomed to outbursts, physical fights, constant inappropriate language, and overall really, really bad behavior.

    Once you add the required shift paperwork, summaries (notes), and case manager / clinical inquiries, and cleaning (yes, that's required) - you quickly learn you are treading water without any life raft or shore line in sight. When you factor in the hourly rate of pay, your head starts spinning.

    Almost all of the Youth Caregiver's I worked with that have 1+ year of tenure had mentally checked out and only did the bare minimum out of frustration. New hires on the other hand were killing themselves each shift to try and make a difference but had a very, very high burnout rate (unfortunately...including me).

    Advice to Management

    You will continue to struggle in residential to attract and retain quality employees unless dramatic changes are made. Start with lowering the staff-to-client ratio, increase formal training, and do a more thorough screening prior to admission. It only takes one bad apple to disrupt an entire cottage. Make discharges fast & furious vs. slow & painful.


  6. "Overnight Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good professional environment and learning possibilities

    Cons

    Tough, emotionally draining work. Not a lot of upward mobility with out formal degree.

    Advice to Management

    Give as much care to your employees as you do your clients


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Children's Home Network full-time

    Pros

    Its a good career opportunity to start your career.

    Cons

    This place has too many con's. It lacks professionalism, management does not know how to manage. The policies are unethical and biased. No room to advance, unless you are really friendly with management. They dont know how to treat the kids, as there is lack of affection, emotion, and communication. One of the worst places to work at, run while you can.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Compliance Specialist"

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    Current Employee - FT - Compliance Spec/Medical Records Spec in Walkertown, NC
    Current Employee - FT - Compliance Spec/Medical Records Spec in Walkertown, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Children's Home Network (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Working with Kids, History of this place

    Cons

    Too many new leaders, structure change, layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Communication, Respect, Accountability for everyone


  9. "Corporate Culture Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Children's Home Network full-time

    Pros

    When I worked there,The Children's Home provided shelter for abused and neglected children who were removed from parental control by the State. You came in feeling you could really make a difference, and you did, one child at a time.

    Cons

    It appears that new management has turned it into an armed camp instead of a caring, safe environment for traumatized children.

    Advice to Management

    Review the original mission and vision of the organization. Sometimes change for change sake is not a good thing.


  10. "Case Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The organization does good work to help children & their foster families.

    Cons

    Internally, not a kind place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Require all managers in all depts and locations to take some anti-bully and sensitivity training.


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