Child Advocate
Frederick County Government - Frederick, MD

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Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week (Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); full benefits

This professional position performs human services work for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Frederick County, including crisis intervention; information and referral for victims of child abuse and their families; accompanying child victims to Court in accordance with Federal, state and local laws; and providing administrative services. Supervision is received from the CAC Director.

Examples of Work:
  • Complete initial client intake process and paperwork assuring accuracy
  • Provide intervention services from onset of the investigative process for primary and secondary victims
  • Assess needs; provide crisis intervention, case management and referral services
  • As needed, travel from CAC to off-site locations to meet clients, accompany and assist them with various aspects of Court processes and follow-up care including medical examination; case management, emergency legal assistance (e.g. filing protective orders, obtaining emergency custody/visitation rights, etc.)
  • Provide victims and non-offending family members with on-site and off-site support services and advocacy throughout criminal justice proceedings (e.g. law office and Court appointments, notification of trial dates, case disposition information, parole consideration procedures, restitution advocacy, assistance with victim impact statements, etc.)
  • Provide follow-up contact including in-person, telephone and written communications with victims and non-offending family members
  • Coordinate with CAC multi-disciplinary team to identify appropriate sources of treatment and counseling; work with community care treatment providers to assure continuum of care
  • Assist victims with managing family destabilization issues caused by victimization (e.g. filing for victim compensation benefits, applying for public assistance, networking for other services, etc.)
  • Serve as main contact between non-offending family members and social workers, investigators, prosecutors, medical personnel and other professionals
  • Facilitate and monitor group support activities (in conjunction with CAC Counselor) assisting victims and their families through the recovery process
  • Perform related administrative/clerical support duties
  • Ensure that CAC has all up to date victim resource information as required by law
  • Maintain necessary client resource material for accuracy, updating information as necessary
  • Assist in coordination and delivery of CAC community events
  • Compile and prepare reports as requested by supervisor
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience related to victim advocacy
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, terminology and objectives of the local judicial system
  • Knowledge of local community resources with the ability to effectively network and make appropriate referrals
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively compile and prepare statistical reports, and to effectively input information into data tracking software
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality with the sensitive, personal information of others
  • Ability to effectively perform job duties in a team environment as well as when individually assigned
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with persons of diverse educational, cultural and economic backgrounds; co-workers, Court officials and the general public, with particular sensitivity toward the concerns and priorities of child abuse victims
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to maintain detailed case records and other documentation, and to give clear testimony in Court if needed
PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN FOR:
  • Accreditation or licensure in child abuse advocacy
  • Experience working in the legal system

Additional Information/Examination Process:
  • Ability to provide own transportation as needed for meetings and off-site visits
  • Available for evening and weekend work hours as needed to accommodate meetings and CAC events
  • Available on-call if needed for response to emergency situations

EXAMINATION PROCESS: (may include)
1) An evaluation of training and experience
2) One or more interviews
3) A pre-employment background investigation
4) A pre-employment physical examination and drug test

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