Reports To: Foster Care Supportive Visitation Visit Coach
Beginning Pay: $30,550 - $32,500
Application Deadline: October 28, 2018
Full-time flexible schedule position working in our Foster Care Supportive Visitation Program providing remote, intensive and individualized parent-child visit services to families within the Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Allegan and Barry counties whose children are in foster care and where reunification is the case goal. General activities include: in-home parenting education, observing parent-child interactions, and giving helpful feedback to the parent before and after each session.
Foster Care Supportive Visitation Program
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II. NATURE OF WORK
The Foster Care Supportive Visitation (FCSV) Visit Coach will provide intensive and individualized parent-child visit services to families whose children are in foster care and where reunification is the case goal. General activities include providing in-home parenting education, observing parent-child interactions, and giving helpful feedback to the parent before and after each session. The Bavolek Nurturing Parenting Program will be the curriculum of choice the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) and Nurturing Skills Competency Scale will be used as assessment tools for the development of service plans and to measure client progress.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Describe the FCSV program to the parent and explain participation expectations.
- Coordinate the overall FCSV plan for the parent including implementation of Bavolek Nurturing Parenting materials and videos, role-playing, directed interactions, discussions, and/or modeling appropriate behaviors.
- Administer the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) Nurturing Skills Competency Scale to assess the parent’s strengths and weaknesses in areas of parenting, child development, and conflict resolution.
- Develop the Initial Family Assessment, Visit Plan, and Service Agreement using family-centered techniques. As appropriate, provide a detailed description of strengths, needs, responsibilities, goals, and objectives.
- Develop a schedule for twelve individualized in-home parent visits and education sessions with the parent and all children.
- Provide 15-30 minutes of pre-visit planning with the parent directly before each parent visit; one hour of coaching support during parent-child interaction; and 15-30 minutes of post-visit discussion to debrief the parent on how the visit went, areas of strength and need, and to plan for the next scheduled visit.
- Submit weekly written reports to the referring worker detailing all contacts, parenting education topics, level of parental participation, Parent/child interaction, progress toward treatment goals/objectives, and recommendations.
- Develop written termination reports for each family to document the reasons for case closure as related to the original goals, objectives, and projected outcomes specified in
- Attend Family Team Meetings if requested by the parent.
- Testify in court as needed. Testimony shall be objective and in-depth to give the court an accurate and unbiased picture of the family.
- Prepare all required reports and submit to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in a timely manner and consistent with MDHHS policy and contractual expectations.
- Carry a caseload of eight families.
- Maintain a flexible schedule to offer services at times congruent with family needs.
- Comply with all required activities, documentation, timelines, and performance measures as detailed in the FCSV contract with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
- Other duties and tasks as assigned by the immediate Supervisor, Foster Care Program Manager, Director of Permanency Services or President / CEO.
IV. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Able to work efficiently and effectively as a remote worker by abiding by the Agency Remote Worker Policy.
- Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
- Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
- Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
- Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.
- Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with clients.
- Ability to lift and transport 30lbs.
V. PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s Degree in human services with specialized study in the area of parenting, child development, or related area.
- Minimum of one year field experience working with multi-problem families.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Good organizational skills.
- Good computer skills.
- Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance with a car available at all times.
- Ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency and must promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationship with other agencies and their personnel.
- Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, and the ability to establish meaningful rapport and maintain mutual respect with people from various cultures.
- Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related Agency standards.
- Positive acceptance of supervision in order to learn and be trained in job-related functions.
- Personal qualities of organizational skills, assertiveness, good judgment, conscientiousness, attention to detail, and timeliness.
- Good moral character.
- A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.