As we have interns come to work with our Social Workers, we love to get their perspective on the work that goes on at Catholic Charities North Dakota. This semester we are lucky to have Jessica Kempenich a Social Work student from MSU-M with us in the Fargo office. Here is her perspective…
My name is Jessica and I am interning at Catholic Charities ND with the Adults Adopting Special Needs (AASK) program for spring 2013. Coming into the program I did not know much about the adoption process. For my internship I wanted something with in child welfare, and the AASK program seemed a perfect fit. Over the first few weeks I experienced just how much goes on behind the scenes through the course of an adoption.
My first day here was getting to know everyone that worked in the AASK program, as well as those in their Guardianship program that Catholic Charities also provides. Over the course of my first week I learned how to collect information to make subsidy packets, which are child specific information that is given the county and the state in which the child resides. I was also was able to accompany my field instructor to Cass County Social Services for team meeting discussing important matters that obtained to a child.
The beginning of my second week allowed me to go to meet a foster child to talk with him and his foster family. I was also instructed on how to fill out a Child Adoption Assessment, which allows families to learn more about the children they inquire on. The week wrapped up with a monthly AASK staff meeting that I was able to attend.
The duration of my internship has allowed me a glimpse into the AASK adoption procedure and what that means to be an adoption social worker. I am very excited to continue learning about all that AASK has to offer and the adoption process.