POSITION OVERVIEW

(Dual Role, Part-Time)

LACASA has an immediate opening for a dedicated Family Support Specialist/Family Resource Specialist. The chosen candidate will be passionate about our mission and enthusiastic about creating healthy and productive environments for at risk families.

Under the supervision of the Healthy Families Livingston (HFL) Program Manager, the Family Resource Specialist (FRS) reaches out to program referrals, implements the Family Resilience and Opportunities for Growth (FROG) assessment tool to evaluate eligibility for the HFL program, and works with the HFL Supervisor and/or Program Manager to assign eligible families to a home visitor. The Family Support Specialist (FSS) uses home visits to optimize the home and family environment for the physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of children who are at risk of being abused or neglected. They enhance family functioning by providing education and support to prenatal women and families with newborns and young children up to age 5, strengthening the parent-child relationship, improving parenting skills, promoting self-sufficiency through resource development, and teaching problem solving skills.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree in a human service field is preferred, however a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent plus relevant experience will be considered . Experience working with or providing services to at-risk families with children 0-5, child development, and child abuse and neglect prevention is preferred. An ability to establish trusting relationships, acceptance of individual differences, experience and humility to work with culturally diverse families, and knowledge of infant and child development are required. Must be willing to engage in building reflective capacity (e.g., capacity for introspection, communicating awareness of self in relation to others, recognizing value of supervision, etc.). Infant mental health endorsement preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

Family Resource Specialist:

  • Complete LACASA orientation training, Healthy Families America core training, Healthy Families America FROG survey training, Healthy Families America wrap-around trainings, and ongoing annual trainings including cultural competency training and child abuse and neglect training.
  • Contact referred individuals to explain the Healthy Families Livingston program and set up time to complete the FROG
  • Follow up with families as needed and track contacts and attempted contacts
  • Administer the FROG survey to fidelity
  • Evaluate and score FROG responses to determine eligibility for the program
  • In consultation with the Program Manager and/or Supervisor, assign a FSS to families who are eligible and accept services.
  • Enter documentation into the MIHVOL database in an accurate and timely manner
  • Meet with supervisor weekly to discuss experiences, challenges, and outcomes of administering FROG
  • Participate in team meetings, family activity groups, community events, and other meetings and events as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or President/CEO.

Family Support Specialist:

  • Complete LACASA orientation training, Healthy Families America core training, Healthy Families America wrap-around trainings, and ongoing annual trainings including cultural competency training and child abuse and neglect training.
  • Establish a trusting relationship with participating HFL families by providing regular contact with the family through weekly home visits and other appropriate support based on the Healthy Families America model.
  • Apply working knowledge of prenatal development, child development, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect to help families improve parent-child interactions and parenting skills, reduce family stress and meet basic family needs.
  • Promote healthy family relationships and healthy family environments. Help parents learn problem-solving and coping skills and to develop a family support system.
  • Work with families to develop a Family Goal Plan (FGP) with goals, objectives and activities to meet individual family needs. Teach families to use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ & ASQ-SE) child development assessments.
  • Administer other inventories and assessment tools as required by funders. Record observations, activities and family assessments from home visits. Monitor and submit family and program data as required.
  • Refer families to appropriate community agencies and act as a liaison as needed. Assist parents in scheduling appointments for doctors, social service agencies, etc. and encourage their keeping appointments.
  • Observe families for indicators of child abuse and neglect. Contact supervisor immediately with suspicion of child abuse and neglect and report to Child Protective Services.
  • Assist families to complete and submit applications for services and assistance.
  • Meet with supervisor weekly to discuss strengths and needs of families, review Family Goal Plans (FGPs) and family assessments, and consider service level changes as appropriate.
  • Participate in team meetings, family activity groups, community events, and other meetings and events as required.
  • Provide crisis intervention on a 24-hour basis.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or President/CEO.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Protect client/family confidentiality at all times
  • Participates in and prepares for various audits and reports as requested
  • Behaves in a manner consistent with LACASA Philosophies, Standards of Conduct and LACASA Staff Handbook
  • Attends and participates in all meetings as required
  • Maintain a safe environment for employees, clients and the community
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Schedule: Regular Part-time/Non-Exempt Employee
Supervisor: Healthy Families Program Manager

It is the policy of LACASA to afford equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, veteran status, height, weight and disability.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter via mail, email or fax to:

LACASA Center
Human Resources
2895 W. Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843
Email: hr@lacasacenter.org  
Phone: (517) 548-1350
Fax: (517) 548-3034

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