The Bilingual Family Support Specialist (FSS) participates in two areas of the foster care program; recruitment, training, and development for Resource Parents, and intervention and support for families with the goal of reunification or that have been reunified.
- Serves as the lead worker for an interdisciplinary team to monitor families who have been reunified, and ensure that services are provided as needed.
- Works with resource families and biological families towards reunification;
- Conducts home visits as required by CFSA;
- Assesses needs of clients and families and develops plans to address those needs;
- Supervises visitation with biological families with the goal of reunification
- Represents clients’ cases in court and provides status updates regarding the child’s and/or the families’ psycho-social progress and LAYC’s compliance with recommendations contained in the case plan, court-orders, treatment plans, etc;
- Responds to crisis situations and is part of a rotating on-call system;
- Assists in the placement of children and youth in LAYC homes;
- Maintains up-to-date case records;
- Prepares court reports and submits them to court 10 days prior to a scheduled hearing;
- Documents all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC staff and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of the services in FACES and ETO a timely manner and in accord with clients, program and CFSA outcomes;
- Attends meetings in the representation of assigned cases;
- Attends meetings with the Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager on a weekly basis;
- Interacts with all clients in accordance with the individual service plan and the therapeutic process.
- Notifies the client’s Social Worker and Program Manager of any significant client medical complaint(s), unusual events, accidents, medical problems, etc.
- Provides coverage as needed for Social Worker for tasks such as court attendance and others as requested by Program Manager.
- Conducts clinical assessments of family functioning and provides clinical interventions to families and children/youth in coordination with Social Workers.
- Provides psycho-educational workshops to Resource Parents based on evaluations and feedback from Social Workers.
- Conducts semi-annual Resource Family evaluations and develops training opportunities that address the challenges identified in the evaluation.
- Partners with Family Resource Specialist to conduct outreach and recruitment of Resource Parents, which may include evenings and weekends;
- Co-facilitates a monthly evening support group for current Resource Parents with Family Resource Specialist.
- Enters outreach, recruitment and other relevant program information into the ETO database at least once a week.
- May be assigned additional cases if the program needs change.
- Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
- Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field; licensed at the LGSW or equivalent preferable
- At least three years of experience working with children and or families within a culturally diverse population
- Complete medical evaluation, FBI, local police and child abuse and neglect clearances
- Complete CPR and First Aid certification
- Familiar with trauma-informed care & strength-based approaches
- Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs and determine the optimal treatment strategies;
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to relate to a culturally diverse population;
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- Computer proficiency.
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 a resume and cover letter to Program Manager Isabella Suero-Stackl at isabella @layc-dc.org