We’re sharing what makes KVC Nebraska a great place to work and would like you to meet Monica Miller, a Recruitment Coordinator. She joined KVC in 2016 and actively coordinates foster parent recruitment efforts. She also provides initial and ongoing training to prospective foster families and extended family homes. Monica reaches out to the Omaha community to build support and advocacy for KVC and helps recruit wonderful families to help care for children and teens in foster care. In this Q&A, she discusses her role and why her work is important to her.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a very social person. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy bike riding and cooking.
What made you choose social work as a career?
I chose to become a recruitment coordinator because as a previous child placement supervisor, I developed a deep passion to find the most qualified, diverse, and open-minded foster parents in the Omaha area. This position allows me to express the needs of todays youth, and find people who want to make a difference and foster a child.
Can you describe what it is like to work at KVC?
KVC is great! I work with a wonderful team of people who are all very passionate about their jobs and making a difference in the lives of the today’s youth. At KVC, I feel appreciated and that my work is making a difference.
Describe a proud working moment.
A proud working moment for me is when a foster parent completes the PS MAPP training class and they are 100% confident that they have the skills and support necessary to foster a child.
The PS MAPP training class is a required 8-week course that helps train foster parents on how to meet the developmental and wellbeing needs of children and youth who are in the foster care system. Foster parents provide a safe home, share parenting responsibilities with the child’s biological family, support concurrent planning for permanency and meet their family’s needs in ways that assure a child’s safety and wellbeing. The course covers six federal family and children services review outcomes:
- Incidence of child abuse and neglect in foster care
- Recurrence of maltreatment
- Foster care reentries
- Length of time to achieve reunification
- Length of time to achieve adoption
- Stability of foster care placement
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I find it rewarding to be part of the process from beginning to the end. I am the first contact for prospective foster parents through the recruitment process. I get the opportunity to learn about individuals and their families. By the end of the process, I get to assist the KVC team in matching children with a family that can meet their needs.
Do you have any advice for the clients you work with?
I would encourage foster parents to be patient, open-minded, and think about the type of parent, role model, or support they needed growing up, and go be that for a child in need.
Monica Miller is just one of the many dedicated specialists who work at KVC. Our staff are committed to improving the lives of children and families in the community.
If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child or teen, learn more about foster parenting. If you are interested in a career in social work, browse the open positions on our careers page.