Missing Child Specialist
Eckerd Youth Alternatives - Largo, FL

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Missing Child Specialist


This position is responsible for ensuring that Case Management Organizations and staff employed by the Child Protective Division of the Sheriff Departments properly understand and report youth that are determined to be missing from care, document efforts to locate children or aid in the youth’s recovery, and facilitate meetings and other related activities that may assist in the youth’s recovery or placement stabilization. This position also facilitates problem resolution, assists with process information and disseminates resource contact information as needed.


• Ensure all required notifications are made within the mandated timeframe for missing youth. Actions include, but are not limited to reporting missing youth to law enforcement; ensuring that a missing child report is taken (when required); completing the Missing Child Report Form through the MCTS link in FSFN; ensuring proper notification of caregivers, parent(s), service providers, child legal services, school/daycare; and ensuring completion of an incident report.

• Coordinate recovery efforts for missing youth within the county to include reviewing FSFN notes minimally on a weekly basis (for missing youth) to ensure diligent efforts to locate are thoroughly documented in the case record. In addition, the Missing Child Specialist must complete a summary of the review of documentation in FSFN on a weekly basis and address performance issues with the respective case management agency.

• Facilitate Missing Child Staffing(s) on a weekly basis to identify new strategies that need to be deployed to locate and stabilize youth. Ensure that all key players participate in weekly staffing(s) to include the caregiver, representative from the facility, case manager and other parties as determined necessary (i.e. GAL, CLS etc…).

• Work with the Behavioral Analyst and ECA Placement staff to develop individualized plans for Missing Youth that will help support placement stability.

• Attend multidisciplinary and treatment team staffings involving youth with a high frequency of runaway behavior.

• Respond on sight (as determined necessary) to assist with the recovery & stabilization efforts of youth that are recovered.

• Track Lead Agency performance on Missing Youth to include stratifying the data by case management agency and reporting out on trends and status of countermeasures during the weekly performance data call.

• Function as a liaison to the local law enforcement agencies and other key stakeholders involved in the prevention, recovery and stabilization of missing youth.

• Assure accurate documentation of services provided; submits monthly reports as required.

Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in social work or related human services field required. Requires a minimum of three years child welfare experience.

Eckerd is a drug-free workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. Eckerd utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.