Formal and Informal Networks

Formal and Informal Networks

Formal and Informal Networks
Within the System

Kara Cook-Tate

Walden University

    There are so many resources available for the human service worker and their clients. Having the knowledge about these resources is the determining factor of whether it’s going to make you or break you. You have to have set goals in mind. Dedicate the time it takes to research and network. Figure out what will and won’t work for each individual client.   Some of the resources available will work for some but not necessarily for everyone.
    As I read through Chapter 8 in our text, I started to finally see a much bigger picture than what I was expecting. I know the job is going to be difficult within itself, but that’s exactly what I’m hoping for. When I’m not really interested in something, I get bored and lazy and start to procrastinate and not give it my all. School is a prime example. It’s tedious and I loathe it. I achieve the minimum just to get by. With this job, there are so many avenues to explore and discover. I’m also a busy body and love to stick my nose in other peoples’ business. This is why this is the perfect job for me.
    According to the CASA case study there are a lot of formal networks being utilized. Since CASA is a non-profit agency, let’s take a look at the top of the list for the formal networks. The agency has to get its funding from somewhere. So where should we turn to for that? There is state or federal funding, and then charity as in donations, fund-raising, also grants from other organizations.
    Then we take a look at the facility itself. Office managers are the ones that make sure the building is up and running like it should be. They make sure that the residents have a clean and safe environment to temporarily call home. Also employed are four case managers and a case manager supervisor. “Case management focuses on access to community medical care, including general medicine, psychiatric services, dental, and vision services....

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