This month we are spotlighting the Medina County Job and Family Services (MCJFS) Protective Services Worker, Taylor Stacho. Our partners at MCJFS play a crucial role in the Multi-Disciplinary Team of the Child Advocacy Center by investigating cases of child abuse while working collaboratively with other professionals to provide a comprehensive and trauma-informed response to children and their families.
We have a special relationship with Taylor since she spent a year interning with The Children’s Center while she was completing her education and has continued to work with us in her role at Medina County Job and Family Services. We asked Taylor to share a little more about herself and her role on the Multi-Disciplinary Team.
How did you learn about The Children’s Center of Medina County? How did you first become involved with The Center?
I first heard about The Children’s Center about five years ago when I was looking for an internship for my undergraduate program. I interned there for a year which then led me to Medina County Job and Family Services following my Master’s Degree program.
What is your current role? What do you do in that role?
My current role at Job and Family Services is Protective Services Worker. My position is specifically investigative in speaking with families and children to ensure safety and well-being free from abuse and neglect. This occurs by interviewing families in the home and providing wrap-around services.
What are you most proud of in your work with The Children’s Center?
While interning at The Children’s Center I was mainly in the role of Family Advocate. This allowed me to work with children and families giving them a safe, caring place to share their experiences. This position allowed me to learn about the services in Medina County that we are able to provide to families. It also allowed me to work on my relationships with other agencies and individuals involved in the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings. In my position now at Job and Family Services, I still get to be a part of the MDT going over our cases of children that have been interviewed.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
The best compliment I get is when families I am helping thank me for my work, for supporting them, and for helping to change their lives. My job can be hard and demanding at times. Getting compliments from families helps ensure that I am doing my job properly and ensuring children’s safety.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What is the best part of working for Medina County Job and Family Services?
The best part of working at Job and Family Services is that it allows me to ensure that children and families are safe from abuse and neglect. The support from my coworker and the relationships we have is another good aspect of working at Medina County Job and Family Services.
Where do you like to go for lunch?
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
On the weekends you will most likely see me spending time with my two children.
If you could have a superpower, what would your superpower be and why?
If I had a superpower, I would like to be able to turn invisible. It would allow me to be able to escape to places and observe the environment.
What does the community need to know about The Children’s Center?
One thing that the community needs to know about The Children’s Center is the amount of support and services it provides. If you or someone you know needs a safe environment as a victim or family, The Children’s Center will be able to help support you.