"I enjoy working for Stepping Stones because, I am empowered to be an individual and my efforts are appreciated."
Sick and Personal Time Off
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Getting paid to work with children
Who We Are
Established in 1977, Stepping Stones? mission is to provide safe, developmentally appropriate services for each child we encounter. Whether it is creating new families through adoption, preserving current family bonds or reunifying families, Stepping Stones offers hope, opportunity and stability as we nurture paths to a more promising tomorrow.
While still well known for our many years as an adoption agency, our focus has evolved in recent years. Our Maine-based programs serve women, children and families with specific focus on Cumberland, Penobscot, Aroostook, Somerset, Washington and York counties. The major goals of our programs are to stabilize and reunify homeless and struggling families, to ensure that children are safe and growing up in stable family environments, and to assist these families in obtaining income and permanent housing. Our continuum of care provides a range of services from adoption (including pre and post-placement services), community mental health services, substance abuse services, case management services, family stabilization programs, shelter and transitional housing with wrap around services for all clients needing support.
Stepping Stones provides safe, developmentally appropriate services for each child andfamily we encounter. Whether it?s creating new families through adoption, preserving current family bonds or reunifying families, Stepping Stones offers hope, opportunity,and stability as we nurture paths to a more promising tomorrow.
Stepping Stones believes that people have the capacity to grow and change, that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and that when people are treated with respect, they gain self-respect. Stepping Stones believes that, when supported and empowered, people are better able to make positive choices.
Our vision is that all children experiencing issues related to safety, stability, consistency will be able to access social services and supports needed to ensure proper growth, development, health and safety
What We Do
"I have been working for stepping stones for about 7 months and I have never been so happy to go to work as I am for Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a job I go to and I don't even feel as though I am working. I have always had a strong passion for working with children. Working for Stepping Stones I am able to be involved with the children every day and I get the satisfaction of going home knowing that I am making a difference for families. I have always worked in a child care setting but stepping stones is so much more. They are not only concerned about the children's safety while in their care but they are focused on the child's safety for the rest of their lives. Parents are taught parenting skills, life skills and coping skills. They are provided with hands on learning and 24 hour support and encouragement. Some of these families are being introduced to the first healthy relationship of their lives. It is so awesome to see the pride in the children and parent as they accomplish parenting and personal goals. It is a job benefit to watch their reaction of the clients when they are getting attention for the great work they are doing. That is the most rewarding job benefit but there are several other benefits to the job. It is great to feel supported by administration and co-workers. I would not hesitate to approach any of them for assistance. Stepping Stones offers their employees a very attractive benefit package."
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