Healthy Families/Parents Too Soon Program - Family Support Worker
Family Focus, Inc. - Chicago, IL

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Job Description: Family Support Worker
Program: Healthy Families/Parents Too Soon Program
Center: Family Focus Aurora
Reports to: Program Coordinator

Family Focus, a leader in the field of family support, seeks qualified candidates for the full time Family Support Worker position. Family Focus provides comprehensive resources and support programs for families with young children, and at-risk youth at multiple community-based centers in Chicago and Chicago land area. Founded in 1976 by early childhood professionals, Family Focus Aurora provides services to a diverse population.

The Healthy Families/Parents Too Soon program is an intense home visiting, research base program founded by the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Program Goals: The program operates by systematically assess for families strengths, and needs; and refers as needed. Enhancing family functioning by; Building trusting relationships, teaching problems solving skills, and improving the family‘s support system. Promote positive parent-child interaction and relationship; and promote healthy childhood growth and development.

Family Focus is an equal opportunity employer.

Mandatory Job Qualifications Essential Responsibilities:

• Engage, and establish on-going communication with participants for purposes of advocacy, education and general information sharing through phone calls, mailings, home visits or center based meetings.
• Reach, and maintain at least 90% of program benchmark for participants and children outcomes indicators.
• Assist families in initiating and strengthening the parent –child relationship prenatally, and postnatal by providing information about what to expect during and after pregnancy.
• Support teen parents in their role as primary caretakers and educators of their children by providing information about parenting skills, breast feeding, resources, problems solving bonding and attachment.
• Implement and monitor baby’s development through a Developmental screen every two months.
• Suggest, lead and model parent/child activities during home visits.
• Act as a mandated reported at all times.

Overall Responsibilities:

• Document, enter, and maintain client’s information on Ounce Net weekly.
• Track and secure immunization record for each child in case load.
• Implement the DTSP (Video Intervention) with families twice a year.
• Along with parent, develop a written Individual Family Support Plan every six month, and provide on-going assessment of their progress.
• Actively provide information and referrals, and keep records in the file.
• Attend team meetings, trainings, and professional development opportunities.
• Assist the program coordinator in promotion activities for the program.
• Perform other ditties as assigned

Desired Qualifications Required skills and qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Services, Psychology, Early Childhood Development or Equivalent experience.
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Bilingual-English/Spanish
• Computer literacy is essential
• Knowledge of child development
• Knowledge of issues related to maternal/child health and child abuse risk
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Sensitive to diverse cultures and populations
• Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the family. Evenings and weekends are required.
• Must successfully complete a DCFS required background check
• Experience working with highly stressed families or in sensitive situations
• Must have access to transportation

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