Family Advocate

Neighbor To Family
Baltimore, MD
Feb 14, 2019
Feb 15, 2019
Full Time
FAMILY ADVOCATE SUMMARY: The Family Advocate serves as a liaison and support staff between the family caregivers, NTF staff, and other resources. Their primary role is to engage families and support them in being heard, meeting their goals, teaching life skills, responding to crisis situations. Family Advocates partner with the Case Manager, Care Manager and Clinical Therapist (where applicable) to ensure children and families are supported in meeting their needs across all relevant life domains. They help identify family caregivers' desires, skills, and encourage their development to successfully maintain children in the home. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. * Assists case managers, care managers and caregivers in all aspects of implementing services for children in care or at risk of coming into care and their families. * Assist with the supervision of children during service implementation processes, when needed. * Develop positive relationships with birth parent's that supports their strengths and addresses areas of weakness through coaching, role modeling, direct communication, teaching and advocacy. * Makes regular monthly contact with birth parents and aggressively attempts to engage birth parents who are uninvolved in services on a regular basis. * Provides outreach services to parents and extended families of children in care. * Shares essential information about children and their families with care managers and caregivers. * Works as a member of the interdisciplinary team to ensure well-defined rights, responsibilities, rewards, and resources. * Assists in monitoring and supporting visits between children and parents. * Assists in Safety Plan management. * Provides transportation for children and families to visits, activities, appointments, and services. * Assists in interventions necessary to prevent crisis and potential placement disruptions. * Assists in providing for, arranging, or coordinating services required by children and their families. * Prepares and maintain records, data, forms and documents pertinent to these job responsibilities. * Develops a working knowledge of and supports birth parents in Juvenile Court System processes as needed and/or required. QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: HS diploma or the equivalent required. Six months to one year related experience and/or training preferred. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: * Valid driver's license for state employed and reliable car. * Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test. * Must submit to and pass random drug tests during employment. * Must successfully pass all background screens as required by the state. * Must complete 40 hours of staff development annually. * Must obtain the following automobile insurance coverage within two weeks of employment; proof of which must be submitted to Corporate Human Resources via a copy of your auto insurance declaration page which reflects auto policy expiration date, that you are an insured driver on the policy and that you carry the state mandated insurance listed below: Georgia: General Liability insurance with the following limits: * $100,000 per claim, $300,000 per incident Florida:** * Bodily Liability insurance in the amount of: * $100,000 per claim, $300,000 per incident. Maryland:** * $500,000 combined single occurrence. Job Type: Full-time Salary: $35,000.00 to $38,000.00 /year