White's Residential and Family Services
Title: Family Specialist Department: Family Services Employment
- A Christian with strong convictions who is also in agreement with White’s mission statement, Statement of Faith, and Code of Conduct.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Sociology, Human/Social Services, Human Development and Life Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences or Child Development
- 3 years of experience in community-based support services.
- Valid driver’s license with no restrictions that would limit the ability to perform job functions.
Reports to: Regional Manager and Clinical Supervisor
Basic Responsibilities Case Management:
- Under the periodic guidance of the Clinical Supervisor, develop conceptualization for each assigned case (in conjunction with the treatment team)
- Attend and represent White’s at review hearings as well as child and family team meetings; make objective recommendations to the court and the team
- Develop an individualized treatment plan for each assigned child/family in consultation with placing agency worker, program manager, and clinical supervisor
- Pursue case goals utilizing various resources: community supports, resource family life, supplemental counseling, psychiatric services, therapeutic activities, etc.
- Regularly evaluate child/family progress and periodically meet with treatment team to review cases
- Advocate for child and family’s needs and best interests by assisting in the identification of service gaps and community resources to meet identified needs
- Maintain appropriate and required documentation consistent with accreditation and Department of Child Services treatment standards: Individual Treatment Plan, Monthly Progress Report, Closing Summary, case notes, outcome measures, etc.
- Keep placing agency workers informed about family and child’s progress, major crises, etc. Foster Families
- Build and maintain positive, supportive, and encouraging working relationships with resource families Direct resource families in their efforts to be therapeutic in their work with those placed in their home Attend resource family trainings; co-facilitate training and/or activities for children Foster Children and Independent Living Youth
- Facilitate independent living youth in securing entitlements and other collateral resources
- Prepare each foster child for the identified permanency goal in a developmentally appropriate manner in conjunction with other service providers including the referring agency staff and therapist when applicable
- Enhance foster child functioning by providing basic counseling, psycho-education, skills training, etc.
- Implement and maintain therapeutically sound treatment programming for youth in independent living program consistent with White’s mission and philosophy
- Prepare independent living students for self-sufficiency by facilitating experiential and didactic exercises and activities Families of Origin/Guardians/Adoptive Parents
- Build working relationships with birth/adoptive parents with whom foster child is to be reunified by facilitating parenting time and regular communication (if this is the case plan)
- Prepare birth/adoptive parents for reunification by evaluating the safety of living environments
- Assess family dynamics and needs to facilitate case plan goal achievement as accessibility permits
- Serve as a resource coordinator for families in mobilizing and securing resources for critical needs; this may involve transporting families to resources or bringing such to them
- Provide mentoring and teaching resources: nurturing/parenting skills, problem-solving/conflict resolution skills, child development, and self-esteem concepts
- Coordinate establishment of a family support team to meet with family regularly
- Identify and engage informal supports to assist after White’s services are no longer active
- Coordinate development and implementation of family goal plan; includes a safety plan for children and parents; includes objectives for growth in family’s assets; includes issues as well as basic needs
- Formally assess families using the approved instruments within the first 30 days of admission
- Complete assessments in conjunction with therapists to guide family preparation for adoption, when appropriate
- Facilitate training in issues related to adoption, when appropriate Agency Support and Enhancement
- Construct a working relationship with placing agency workers of children and families with whom they work through regular and consistent communication regarding case plan progress
- Be a positive liaison between White’s, placing agencies and other community stakeholders by communicating White’s mission, vision, and values Professional Development
- Participate in Clinical Supervision regularly
- Fulfill reading assignments to improve relevant skills and abilities
- Attend workshops and other opportunities for professional growth • Participate in periodic field observation by the Clinical Supervisor or Designee
- Analyze and assess performance feedback through the Coaching Review process Other
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Regional Manager, Clinical Director, or VP and Executive Director of Family Services 3 Skill, Supervision, Knowledge, and Ability
- The Family Specialist must be an individual with a Christian and professional commitment to work with children and youth of all ages, their families, the referring agency, community professionals, and the White's Family Services’ treatment team
Office hours & Misc:
- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (part-time employees will work as needed)
- Travel, supervised visitation, home visits, and other tasks will regularly extend beyond these office hours.
- The Family Specialist will be expected to respond to child and family crises when available. Their cell phone number will be given to staff and to resource families to use as needed.
- The Family Specialist is required to participate in an on-call rotation.
Location/Region: Columbus, IN