The primary responsibility of the Mother-Child Program Family Care Advocate is to teach, support, model, and guide young mothers so they learn how to parent their children appropriately, live independently, and provide a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
· Successfully engage and maintain positive professional relationships with the families in care; identify crisis situations and antecedents that result in maladaptive behaviors; assist mothers by co-regulating during crisis situations; counsel mothers so they learn new ways of coping.
· Identify areas that need development, strengthening, and support; reinforce strengths by employing techniques of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS); distribute GOTCHA cards to strengthen desirable behaviors.
· Actively and diligently supervise all families while in the residence and have knowledge of residents’ whereabouts at all times whether inside the group home or out in the community; make diligent efforts to locate AWOL or out of program residents including completion of missing person’s reports when a resident is missing for an extended period of time.
· Monitor residents while they are completing chores and activities of daily living to ensure tasks are completed in the manner prescribed by the program; assist and teach residents how to correctly complete each task; accurately calculate and distribute allowance.
· Legibly and accurately complete all required documents within prescribed timeframes including Log Books, Incident Reports, Independent Living Skills checklist, Shift Turnover Safety Records, Ansell Casey Independent Living Skills Assessment Tool and Inventories, progress notes, etc.; implement the use of SPIN Parent Training and by videotaping parent groups activities.
· Provide structure to the residents by adhering to the daily routine; ensure residents are aware of schedules and initiate and participate in the programming that is scheduled at each prescribed time including morning routines, chores, snack time, bed time, etc.; participate in and plan recreation and program activities; initiate, support, and escort residents to planned recreation and other therapeutic/educational activities; improve the daily structure, coordination, and overall program implementation including driving an agency vehicle if deemed certified as needed.
· Conduct routine safety checks to ensure the residence is safe, clean, and free of hazards; address areas of concern when possible and report deficiencies to appropriate individuals; prepare corrective action plan response as needed.
· Provide child care when mothers are at school, work, appointments, or in need of respite.
· Demonstrate proficiency in agency and program policies and procedures; communicate all critical information to colleagues and administrators in a clear and timely fashion; collaborate with team members by communicating areas of concerns consistent with policy; attend and participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and workshops as required; be open and willing to learn new skills and implement new methods; model the core values of ROAR (Respect, On-task, Act Safely, and be Responsible); frame corrections of resident’s behavior in positive ways.
· Other duties as assigned.
· High School Diploma or GED required; Associate’s degree preferred.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills essential.
· Computer literacy essential.
· Current and clean driver’s license (tri-state, NY, NJ, CT).
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