This isn't really related to my A but this is the forum I am most comfortable in so I'm posting it here. ..
My previous job was at a daycare. The families in the center were all working/upper class and from the suburbs.
My new job is a bit different. I am still working with kids and families but now I go to their homes, and am working with inner city families. 90 percent of my clients are involved with DCF (department of children and families). All of my clients receive benefits from the state and are lower class.
So the population is obviously different...the families I work with struggle with issues of poverty, homelessness, abuse, domestic violence, drugs, gangs, the list goes on and on.
It is so hard to go to these homes and work with these families and not just go home and cry for them and what they deal with on a daily basis.....yesterday I broke down during a staff meeting cuz I was so overwhelmed with my first two visits of the day.
I don't know how not to do this.....to remain professional and not let it get to me