Family Preservation Worker
Eckerd Youth Alternatives - Asheville, NC

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Family Preservation Worker-BC

Purpose

Provide delivery of family preservation/reunification services in accordance with established standards, goals, objectives, Eckerd philosophies, practices, policies, and the code of ethics, in keeping with professional and evidence based practices and contracted agreements. Engage families based on the Strengthening Families framework that focuses on increasing protective factors of parental resilience, social connections, parenting and child development knowledge, accessing community linkages and positive social and emotional child development. Coordinate services with the goal of preventing out of home care.

Duties

  • Provide intensive, goal-oriented case management services to assigned families in the family’s home or a mutually agreed upon location; services include, but not limited to, assessing risk, developing behaviorally-specific safety plan, facilitating and/or teaching parenting skills, budgeting, and housekeeping skills, meeting medical needs, transporting clients, providing family counseling, and referring family members to community services as needed.
  • Develop, in collaboration with each family, a Service Plan and Progress reports, which will include family strengths, specific goals of intervention, and focus to resolve or improve safety concerns; complete plans in compliance with Eckerd, evidence based model and contractual timelines.
  • Ensure all documentation is collected and maintained in both client case files and electronic records in accordance with contractual requirements and Eckerd policy.
  • Make initial and on-going contact with families as prescribed by Eckerd policy and contractual requirements; Maintain ongoing contact with referring staff at a frequency sufficient to address the circumstances of the individual family, as agreed upon with referring staff.
  • Meet weekly with Supervisor to review cases, and discuss individual family progress and needs; document meeting decisions and outcomes.
  • Conduct termination meetings, which will include families and referring staff; send summary of progress to family and referring staff within seven days of case closure.
  • Attend local meetings with agency staff and other community stakeholders (such as Community Child Protective Teams) to identify system gaps, increase public awareness of child protection with communities.
  • Participate in all agency required training, trauma informed care training and Eckerd required training annually.
  • Administer satisfaction surveys provided by the contracting agency; maintain copies of surveys in case records.
  • Administer follow-up contact monthly with families and evaluations at three, six, and twelve months after termination according to guidelines established by the division.
Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in human services field required. Master’s degree in social work preferred. A Bachelors degree in a field outside human services may substitute with an additional 1 ½ years of direct home-based services such as Family Preservation, MST, FFT, etc. working with children and families. Child welfare experience working with multi-problem families required. Knowledge of child welfare policies and programs, family therapy theories, treatment philosophies and strategies of home based services. Field experience working with multi-problem children and families and overall ability to relate to and engage with these families. >p >
Eckerd is a drug-free workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. Eckerd utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.

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