With the economy declining, more and more people are applying for government financial assistance. Those that have physical custody of children and receive government benefits must seek child support. Other people have lost their job or been laid off and need their child support modified. Program Integrity is huge - basically it is prosecuting welfare fraud. Child Support is my biggest responsibility but I have the most knowledge of that area. Adult Protective Services (APS) is very interesting, but sad. With the troubled economy, more and more well-meaning children can't care for their aging parents as they should. More and more elderly are left alone while their caregivers try to work. More and more caregivers can't afford to purchase the items the elderly need, including medications.
One of the program managers told me she had received several emails from case workers saying that I had done well in court. That pleased me. It's nice to know that people are talking about me in a good way. And that I didn't mess up too bad on my first day in court all on my own. It was a slower day - we just had slightly over 200 on the docket.
Since I am working a flex schedule now, I am off at 12:30 on Fridays. My Daughter is experiencing some sibling jealousy. So today I picked her up early. We went and had coffee (me - a milkshake for her) at a bookstore. Then did some grocery shopping and picked up some treats for her. She was in heaven. It was good to get to talk to her too.
The low part - the partner from my old firm that I worked most closely with and that had a health scare in December -- he has cancer. He beat cancer years ago. But it is back and he's been given months to live. He has two children my age, three grandchildren and one more due in September. He's pretty young - not quite 60 I don't think. It's sad. He was supposed to take over my cases and wrap them up. He's not able to do that now. I contacted the partners to let them know I'd do whatever I could to help. There is only one other attorney there with any experience in family law - and he's been wanting to get out of that area for awhile. The partners are meeting this weekend to figure out what to do. My current job allows me to do side work as long as it is on my time, and I've been contemplating doing some uncontested work. So if I can work out a fee arrangement and malpractice coverage, I might try to help out with some things.
I was supposed to get paid today. Just for 3 days of work, but it was something. Our checks are direct deposit. However, your first check (and this is my first) is a paper check. It is sent to your supervisor. Well, my supervisor was out today. So my check is in his mailbox somewhere I suppose. Good thing I wasn't desperate.
And now it is bedtime. It's bad enough the Baby wakes up 3-4 times a night, but now I'm going to lose an hours sleep tomorrow too.