The Family Support Specialist will focus on the family while addressing the needs of the individual children and adults in order to improve overall functionality, ensure family participation in the planning of services and work toward building the strengths and abilities of families. Family Support Specialists will assist children and youth in maintaining positive connections to their families; reflect, respect and respond to the cultural and linguistic strengths and needs of the child and family; and foster the integrity of the family unity whenever possible and consistent with the Department of Social Services permanent plan, without compromising the safety of its members.
Ensure linguistic and culturally competent services to families, children and adolescents, kinship networks and foster families.
Develop parent’s capacity to utilize formal and informal community supports to ensure the safety, health and well being of their children.
Improve parenting skills relative to safety, supervision and nurturing.
Stabilize children in foster care setting.
Achieve established goals in a time sensitive manner.
High School diploma
Working knowledge of both community resources and children/parenting
Valid Driver’s License, ability to drive, and means of transportation (vehicle must be insured and have a current registration and inspection)
Willingness to transport clients and children in your vehicle
Travel to other cities and towns is required