In Home Family Services Worker
Department: Early Childhood Services
Work Site: Midland, Gladwin Counties
Responsible to: DHHS Contract Supervisor
- To provide home based services to families in collaboration with The Department of Health and Human Services to promote child safety, provide parenting education and support child development.
- Ensure quality program service delivery.
- Protect the privacy of customers/families and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of service.
- Support the family by identifying resources which will assist them in meeting documented needs or requests.
- Make all efforts to assure the safety and well-being of all program participants.
- Provide supportive parenting instruction to parents during visitation.
- Promote development of family relationships.
- Encourage parenting skills to assist parents in understanding how to provide a nurturing environment.
- Utilize various resources to assist families in understanding parent/child interaction skills, parent education skills, and life/home management skills.
- Provide one-on-one contact, for a minimum of 1 hour weekly in the form of a home visit.
- Advocate for families as deemed appropriate and make appropriate referrals and/or contact for resources with other professionals and agencies.
- Administer Adult/Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) pre and post tests.
- Work with parents to develop an action plan that identifies appropriate interventions for a child that needs individual support.
- Provide testimony in court as requested by DHHS.
- Develop case goals, objectives and projected outcomes related to the referral.
- Demonstrate appropriate responses to children and families that have experienced physical & emotional abuse, neglect violence, substance abuse, and mental health concerns and strive to provide resources that address those issues.
- Work effectively with contract supervisor and DHHS workers in meeting contract monthly, quarterly and annual goals and objectives.
- Accurately complete required program documentation and record keeping in a neat and timely manner.
- Recruit families and promote agency programs within the community.
- Participate in personal and professional development activities, including staff meetings, conferences, training opportunities, as identified and approved by supervisors.
- All other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, or criminal justice.
- Minimum of two years’ experience with programs for children and their families.
- Family Service Credential within 18 months of hire or first available session thereafter.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively.
- Demonstrated ability as a strength based leader.
- Possess a solid knowledge base with respect to child development and family services and seek to expand knowledge at every opportunity.
- Complete additional certifications as required.
- Maintain confidentiality and code of ethics at all times.
- Must have Proficient Computer Skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)
- Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, provide proof of insurance, and MMCAA’s “Insurance Carriers” driving record review.
- Successfully complete required background checks at time of hire and when requested.
- Shall provide written report by a physician stating their physical capability and freedom from communicable tuberculosis.
- Must have good communication and organizational skills, and be able to work effectively with people.
- Must be self-directed and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
- Must possess the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allocated time frames.
- Must be willing to accept new challenges.
- The ability to navigate and effectively resolve conflict.
- The job duties require a working cell phone for accessibility to supervisors, clients, or co-worker or to enhance personal safety while away from the office location. The agency will provide a cell phone as needed.
- Must comply with Agency tobacco free and drug free policies.
- Understand the importance of daily work attendance, and its impact on coworkers, clients, and the agency
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.