Meet Cassie: Former Intern and Current Foster Care Case Manager
When Cassie Flynn began her Master of Social Work program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she planned to become a therapist. However, her experience as an intern at Children’s Home + Aid changed that vision and she found her calling as a case manager on the very team she interned for. “It was a great internship filled with learning experiences. I very much enjoyed working with my team and I couldn’t be happier to have joined them as a full-time employee.”
When asked what experiences inspired Cassie to pursue a career in case management, she answered, “I love children, and we have some really wonderful foster parents. What makes everything I do worthwhile is seeing children — who completely love and are loved by their foster parents — find their homes and families, whether that be through adoption or reunification. But beyond my love of children, the case managers on my team are amazing and really inspired me to pursue a career in case management. During my internship, I realized how important it is to be surrounded by a supportive team and that really solidified my choice to work as a case manager at Children’s Home + Aid.”
Although she works with children of all ages, Cassie is particularly fond of teenagers. “I like the challenge of working with young people, who can be so hard to get through to sometimes. Even getting them to open up for a minute is such a success. To be that person who supports them is extremely meaningful; they may never tell you how much they appreciate you, but you can tell they do.” Cassie explained that she plans to focus on working with teenagers in her future career. “I feel like I can relate to them and because of that I am able to connect with them more easily than most people. Long term, I plan to pursue a career focusing on the treatment of teenagers, whether that is in case management, therapy or crisis intervention.”
Emily Reynoso, Cassie’s supervisor, had wonderful things to say about Cassie’s ability to build relationships with teenagers, “Cassie has a unique ability to connect easily with teenagers, to meet them at their level, and provide a sense of support and understanding for where they are coming from. She is able to better support them through this connection, through expressing an understanding of their feelings and reality, while still providing the adult guidance they require.” Children’s Home + Aid works to provide support to children of all ages, from infants to adolescents; Cassie’s exceptional ability to connect with the youth we serve is a valuable asset to her team.
Cassie gained more than just a learning experience through her internship at Children’s Home + Aid; she identified her passion for working with adolescents, discovered a new career path and found a team she truly feels supported by.
Children’s Home + Aid is committed to providing thought-provoking, real-world internship opportunities. We enjoy working with interns like Cassie who are enthusiastic about learning. If you are interested in interning at Children’s Home + Aid, please visit our Internship Opportunities webpage or visit our Careers page for employment opportunities.
Simone Kohn is a Children’s Home + Aid Human Resources intern completing her Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.