Author Archives: Rachel Castillo, Director of Foster Care Services

A Committee Committed to Wellness

Work committees provide cross-agency staff with reasons to interact with each other in ways that are informal yet productive. According to Bain & Company, “[Work] committees are indispensable and they enable a company to get its work done.” Or, in the case of our Wellness Committee, hopefully enable staff to get their difficult child- and family-serving work done in a … Continue

What Caregiver Capacity Means to Me

As a social worker, the idea of Caregiver Capacity is not something new to me; self-care was discussed consistently throughout my formal education. Yet, coming to SaintA and hearing about Caregiver Capacity from the lens of being trauma-informed has profoundly impacted my understanding of the importance of this ingredient in my day-to-day practices. I think many of us would agree … Continue

Gratitude: Putting Things in Perspective

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward A few months ago for our team meeting, we decided to do something a little different and went on a gratitude walk. It had been a stressful couple of months, with several workers on maternity leave, caseloads high … Continue

Real Life Superheroes

On the ride into school the other day, my 4-year-old son asked me, “Mommy, are Superheroes real?” I thought a little bit before responding and came up with, “Yes buddy, real life superheroes indeed are real. Real Life Superheroes are people who give kindness to those who need it.” (This response seemed to satisfy him, thank goodness!) My son’s little … Continue

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