Family Support Specialist
CHR - Enfield, CT

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To provide in-home services to families at risk of child abuse and neglect.

SCOPE: Work with families to develop a healthy interdependence with their family and community. Assist families in the Development of an improved home environment for the well being of children who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:

Establish a trusting relationship with at-risk families by providing regular client contact through home visits.
• Applies working knowledge of parent-child interaction, child development and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect to help clients improve parenting skills, reduce family stress, and meet dependency needs of parents, as measured by parents improved ability to problem solve and cope with parenting.
• Assists parents in making and attending appointments for doctors, social service agencies, and needed services, as needed.
• Acts as liaison between families and other community agencies.
• Assist client to establish goals, objectives, action plans and tasks, and activities to meet individual client needs, as identified by the client.
• Assists clients with paperwork needed in applications for programs such as medical or financial assistance in order to ensure appropriate forms/procedures are utilized.
• Responds to emergencies when necessary or makes arrangements for supervisor to intervene.

Update records and statistical reports to ensure accuracy.
• Maintain progress notes on each client visit within two weeks of appointment.
• Develop service plan with client within two weeks of start date.
• Check and update release of information forms to allow department staff to communicate with other services, such as DCF, on a regular basis.
• Reviews client’s service plans with supervisor for approval.
• Process all DCF and Agency required forms and paperwork.

Supervisor is informed of case progress.
• Participate in weekly group supervision meetings, to update supervisor and co-workers.
• Schedule and attend individual supervision meetings, as needed.
• Identify client emergencies and potential crisis situations.
• Provide tracking information on client visits and give notice of termination or request for extension.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities
• Attends team meetings, in-service training and other meetings as required.
• Demonstrates competency in age-related or specialty issues and developmental needs for each population served.
• May perform other assignments and duties, as area needs require.

Minimum Requirements SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:
- Knowledge of child development, family dynamics/problems and stresses of parenting. Knowledge of and belief in using alternatives to physical punishment when disciplining children.
- Skills in crisis intervention, teaching and listening, and basic problem solving.
- General knowledge of community & social support services, with ability to recognize the need for appropriate referrals or professional intervention.
- Ability to be nonjudgmental, and to be motivated to learn from direct experience as well as from training and supervision.
- Able to function independently in a range of settings on an outreach basis.
- Good verbal and written communication skills, with ability to work with service providers in a professional manner, and road knowledge and understanding of various cultures.
- Ability to complete moderately complex benefit related applications.
- Knowledge of CT state motor vehicle laws.
- Preferred: Knowledge of Strength Based Approach

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION:
Valid Driver’s License

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Bachelors Degree required. Demonstrated knowledge of Children and Families, Family Development Credential Preferred.

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