Parent Partner (18-06)
Company: Progressive Life Center
2 Year Degree
2 to greater than 15 years
The Parent Partner position requires the incumbent to assist with transporting, facilitating, and accompanying visitations for potential foster parents, adoptive parents, or family members at Pennsylvania institutions such as Woods, Kids Peace, Devereux, and/or other similar institutional settings.
The incumbent will be responsible for receiving clinical consultation, direction, and guidance recommendations as needed; report any concerns of abuse, neglect, or substantial concerns regarding the youth or foster home to DFS Hotline and supervisor; provide information to enable tracking all referrals for service and the disposition of those requests; document all service summaries and receive additional training for any apparent unmet needs and skills; and reach out to family members who may be more inclined to visit facility youth when provided transportation and visitation facilitation arranged and accompanied by parent partner.
Progressive Life Center is seeking an incumbent who is interested in full-time employment with a 32 hour work week or working as a consultant.
The Parent Partner program provides supportive brief periods of structured respite, social activities and outings by a trained Parent Partner to Delaware youth residing in New Castle County foster homes. Youth have extensive care and supervision needs that would otherwise limit a foster parent’s ability to address other personal, pleasurable, or emergent situations; fill in the gap for school suspensions and illnesses; and maintain mandated supervision stipulations (such as inappropriate sexual behavior and court required monitoring).
Normal office environment or residential facility, but also may travel locally to visit clients within their homes, meet with service providers, and/or attend meetings: Courts, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, private practices, prisons, corporations, and numerous public and private agencies. Specialize in one or more of over 40 practice areas – including Disaster Relief, Child Welfare Services, and Homeless Family Assistance, among many others.
Associates degree or completion of two (2) years college education in social service or other related field from an accredited university. Experience working with at-risk children, youth, and families. Knowledge of and experience with Afrocentric or other spiritually focused models or a strengths perspective highly desirable. Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for working collaboratively. Evidence of effective oral and writing communication skills. Knowledge of databases and Microsoft Office Suite and databases. Ability to travel within the New Castle and Kent County areas and Pennsylvania locations of institutions servicing DFS clients. Owner of a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license. Ability to obtain certification in the NTU Service Delivery Model within one (1) year of hire (training provided). Ability to work some evening and weekend hours. The work week is generally based on 32 hours.
Physical Demands (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
Ability to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. Ability to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.; Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery; Ability to position self to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; Ability to frequently communicate with employees/customers/clients; and must be able to exchange accurate information by perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral and written information; Ability to frequently move files weighing up to 20 pounds throughout the office space; Ability to be on call and often respond to situations during off hours which can disrupt normal sleep patterns and cause fatigue; Ability to physically restrain children when required and protect him/her in physically confrontational situations; Ability to face a significant amount of emotional stress which can cause related physical stress; In cases of child relocation, the incumbent may be required to assist the child by carrying belongings and must often lift, carry and/or comfort small children
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