Bob Hansen from the Connersville News Examiner recently wrote a very inspiring article featuring Carl Scheib, Director of the Region 12 Children’s Bureau, Inc. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“I thought I was in a position where I could make a difference that would trickle down,” he said.
But he didn’t enjoy the politics of that job [deputy commissioner of the welfare department] and left — without a job prospect in sight — after three years. For about 18 months, he worked three jobs to help his family stay afloat. Scheib then went to work at a mental health center, offering adults and children what is now called “wraparound services.” He worked on an access coordination team for 14 years, helping families connect with helpful services. That same kind of wraparound service is what the Children’s Bureau does, he said. Much of the Children’s Bureau’s work comes in helping people snatch success from the jaws of defeat. One of its programs is called community partners and it involves getting people in touch with services that will help them in their own lives.
“If you are involved with community partners for more than eight visits, there’s a 99 percent chance you won’t need to get involved with DCS,” he said.
Scheib goes on to discuss how Children’s Bureau programs such as Father Engagement, Community Partners, and home-based case work assist families in need and prevent children from ever having to enter the system in the first place.
Scheib is passionate about his work. He believes the program and the professionals with whom he works are making a difference. And, he says, “That’s why you get up in the morning.”