The Family Advocate will assist select families referred by WDSS that are involved in the child welfare system to better understand, navigate, and access their community resources. The Family Advocate (FA) will mentor, build relationships, and support families in making decisions for their own families coping with the trauma of foster care involvement and child protective services involvement. The FA will guide families around communicating effectively with those involved in their case as well as maintaining relationships with their children during foster care placement. The Family Advocate will carry a caseload of 30 families.
● Build relationships and support parents in coping with the trauma of foster care involvement, making decisions for their own families, communicating effectively with those involved in their case, and maintaining relationships with their children during foster care placement.
● Prepare parents and participate alongside them in all Family Team Conferences.
● Report to Assistant Director of BSFT a foster care unit supervisor and work alongside case planners.
● Implement the Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) model including key practices in the first 90 days of a case to orient parents to the service planning process; share Rise TIPS and other resources to support parents.
● Conduct visits to parents’ homes and accompany parents to appointments at various service providers.
● Provide emotional support for parents attending court dates, potentially including traveling to court with parents as needed.
● Orient parents to Family Time, offer ideas for making the most of family visits, and supervise visits periodically.
● Recognize and celebrate parents’ progress toward reunification.
● Inform parents about supportive interventions that will strengthen their families.
● Support parents in navigating resources and using negotiation skills.
● Coach parents to strengthen problem-solving skills while discovering their strengths, hopes, dreams and priorities.
● Document work in Progress Notes and/or other formats as appropriate.
● Attend all program and department meetings as appropriate.
● Perform related tasks to support parents as needed
You are the ideal candidate if you are passionate about the social services field and empowering underserved communities. Being compassionate, organized, self-motivated, driven, flexible and responsive are critical attributes to be successful in this role.