The Family Resource Specialist is responsible for ensuring the successful reunification between homeless & runaway youth with their caretakers.  Additionally, the Family Resource Specialist assists in the recruitment, training and licensing of host families.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepares recruitment/outreach plan, handbook and a welcome package for host families.
  • Prepares and implement a retention plan for host families
  • Contacts media with the purpose of recruiting host families in MD and DC;
  • Screens prospective host parents to determine program eligibility;
  • Prepare contracts, payments, and reimbursements for Host Families according to TLP-HH policies.
  • Makes sure that host families are in full compliance with LAYC and Department of Health (DH) family and programmatic licensing requirements;
  • Maintains each family file up to date and addresses any compliance deficiencies within two weeks of an audit.
  • Conducts home visits, interviews each family member, collects relevant information and prepares home study reports and submits them to Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager for review and approval;
  • Provide direct, intensive in-home intervention services to families with youth/children at risk of running away or who have a history of running away.
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what services are required to meet their needs
  • Provide, find, or arrange for support services, prenatal care, substance abuse treatment, job training, counseling, parenting classes, etc., to prevent more serious problems from developing.
  • Complete face to face intake with youth and host family within the specified time frame after referral in order to assess the safety of youth, family acceptance of services, and establish an open working relationship.
  • Be available to the case family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Provide therapeutic services, i.e., short-term functional family therapy as needed
  • Develop a working service plan with the clients’ family
  • Collaborate with Case managers for solving conflicts or disagreement with host families during placement.
  • Develop an aftercare plan and connect families with aftercare provider
  • Develop and maintain a safety plan
  • Maintain records for quality assurance purposes
  • Enters information into the ETO
  • Meets weekly with the team to discuss programmatic and operational issues;
  • Prepares monthly statistical, accomplishments report.
  • Conducts monthly audits of family files
  • Assists in the evaluation of host parents’ performance
  • Organizes special events for families and youth
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies
  • Other activities specifically assigned by the Program Manager. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s in Social Work with a DC license at the associates level preferred or related field;
  • Bilingual or fluent/proficient: English and Spanish
  • At least one experience in work with culturally diverse youth and families.
  • Flexible schedule;
  • Knowledge of youth and family development;
  • Knowledge in mediation or conflicts resolution is a plus;
  • Knowledge of community and local resources;
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Computer proficiency;

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

TO APPLY

Please send resume and cover letter to Janeth Chorlango at Janeth@layc-dc.org