Child Family Specialist
Primary Location: United States-CA-CALos Angeles
Function: Program Services Coordination/Case Management
Everybody needs a job but only extraordinary people work here.
Description As the Child and Family Specialist for California MENTOR Family Support Services, you’ll be one of those extraordinary people. We seek a passionate leader who can successfully provide guidance to the identified child and family as a mentor/coach/advocate. Hours are variable based on the needs of the families you provide services for. Bring your creative ideas and your passion for success; we’ll train you on the rest.
• Provides in-home and community based supports under the periodic guidance of the clinical supervisor, develop conceptualization for each assigned case (in conjunction with the treatment team)
• Attend review hearings as well as child and family team meetings; make recommendations based on plan observations
• Prepare child for Child and Family Team activities and advocate for child’s needs as a full and active member of the Child and Family Team
• Assist in connecting child and family to community resources
• 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 and Medi-CAL standards.
• Keep placing agency workers informed about family and child’s progress, major crises, etc.
• Interact with schools, parks and recreation and other community resources
• Work with Foster Families Build and maintain positive, supportive, and encouraging working relationships with resource families
• Direct resource to families in their efforts to be therapeutic in their work with those placed in their home
• Manage conflict and family crises through reference to family safety plan
• Attend resource family trainings; co-facilitate training and/or activities for children
• 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.
• Provide mentoring and teaching resources:
• Coordinate development and implementation of family goal plan including:
• Nurturing/parenting skills
• Problem-solving/conflict resolution skills
• Child development
• Self-esteem concepts
• Safety plan for children and parents
• Includes objectives for growth in family’s assets
• Includes issues as well as basic needs
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