I threw all that uncertainty I had out the window (or at least all of what I was feeling) after I posted that blog post. It’s like writing about all of my doubts helped me push forward and make some life decisions. Since my resolution post I have decided that I want to become a certified Guardian ad Litem (advocates for a child in court to ensure their voice is heard). I did look into getting my Master’s in Social Work, but then I remembered learning about Guardian ad Litems when I was studying in the Paralegal program for my A.A.S. a few years ago. And I looked into it and apparently Guardian ad Litems are more involved in cases that involve children of abuse and neglect than social workers are in the sense that they remain a constant in the child’s life throughout the whole process. In the process of reading more about what a Guardian ad Litem does, I feel sure I have found what I want to do as a career.
When I first decided I wanted to work in the legal field, I thought attorneys help people. But Guardian ad Litems are more involved and remain constant in the child’s life during a case and even after to help with the transition; to give the child stability. This is what I want to do. I want to make a difference in another person’s life. More than that. I want to make a lasting impression in a child’s life so that they know they matter. I love kids and I love working with them. They’re so smart and unbiased and honest. It breaks my heart to think that so many kids are facing abuse and neglect in this world, and I want to stand up for these children to give them a voice. Give them a reason why they matter. Give them a reason to stay strong and look toward a brighter future.
So I went in for an orientation meeting yesterday morning and stopped at the Sheriff’s office to get a live scan done (background check) and am going to attend the training classes next week (Mon-Thurs) that is the 30 hours of training to get certified. Once I’m certified then the case coordinator will start assigning me cases, and I’ll be supervised for the first couple cases until I fall into a routine.
I’ll still substitute as a teacher’s aide whenever I’m needed, and I won’t be quitting working at the movie theater anytime soon (but perhaps in the next couple months). But I’m hoping that I’ll be able to move into my own apartment in the next few months. I don’t want to live at home with my parents anymore. I’m an adult and I want to be on my own taking care of myself.
Well, I guess that’s all I have to say in this blog post. Until next time, signing out. 🙂