My son has had the same CAP(community) worker for just over three years. (What is a CAP worker? A CAP worker is an individual that works on goals for your child in the community.) She has become part of the family. Yesterday, I found out that she is taking a leave of absence. Chances are, she won’t be coming back. She is up there in age, and her health is poor. I am really going to miss her, and so is my son. She has been so great with him.
Finding a new CAP Worker
Now, I am going through the process of finding a new worker for my son. It’s really hard to find someone that I am happy with. We have had some good workers in the past, and a couple not so good. The worker we are now saying goodbye to has set the bar really high. I’m trying not to compare the workers I am interviewing to her, but it is difficult.
As my son’s advocate, I have to put his needs first. As his mom, I want the best for him. I don’t want to settle for someone that isn’t going to be as great as the worker she will be replacing. Unfortunately, I have to be realistic. I lucked out getting a worker for my son with the extensive experience with disabled and autistic children. I know that the chances of finding the whole package again are low. I have to pick what I think are the most important requirements, and what I can teach her.
I am also going to involve my husband in this decision. It has been our practice, in the past, that he isn’t involved. This time around, I would like his feedback. I don’t want to turn down someone that could be a good fit for my son, because I am looking for a duplicate replacement. I think my husband can help me make sure that I don’t nit pick. On the other hand, I don’t want to bring in someone that is completely wrong for my son, just because I think I can teach whatever needs to be taught.
I’ll take things one day at a time, and hope for the best. One thing I do know, I won’t be agreeing to place a worker with my son just because he needs one. She has to be a good fit for my son and our family.