Family Advocacy in Recovery and Restoration (FARR)


Position Purpose:
Provide comprehensive, gender-specific case management services directed toward pregnant and/or parenting women with substance abuse concerns. Collaborate with community service providers to decrease the number of babies born exposed in-utero to substance abuse by their mothers. Ensure program success by engaging families to enhance safety, well-being and stability for children, improve parent self-sufficiency and mitigate risk factors concerning substance abuse.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
1.Conduct client assessments to identify strengths and barriers that affect family stability such as employment, housing, health care and other social/emotional challenges that can impact child safety and well-being.
2.Create individualized case plans for guidance and support focused on goal setting in the areas of sobriety, pre-natal and post-natal care, parenting skills and child development. Facilitate access to needed resources in accordance with the case plan to enhance self-sufficiency for the family.
3.Coordinate services with Child Protection, Public Health, Community Corrections, Mental Health/Chemical Dependency treatment providers and other relevant community service providers.
4.Engage in outreach activities to assist with building and maintaining a network of resources while advocating for families.
5.Co-facilitate weekly or bi-weekly support and education groups. Coordinate and host parent/child activities as scheduled.
6.Complete all required documentation in a timely manner, which may include time reporting,
case notes, and family support plans.

Other duties and responsibilities:
1.Attend supervisory sessions, regular staff meetings, staff trainings and promote positive team relationships.
2.Work a schedule that is responsive to client availability, which may include evening hours on a regular basis.
3.Participate in continuing education opportunities and remain knowledgeable in areas of expertise.
4.Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
5.Maintain a level of ethical conduct regarding confidentiality, dual relationships, and professional status.
6.Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Supervisory responsibility:
No direct supervisory responsibility

•Training and Experience:
oMN Social Work license or license eligibility and/or bachelor's degree in a human services field with relevant experience working with families.
•Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
oPossess the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; to work within a team environment; effectively communicate with colleagues, co-workers and clients. Must possess computer literacy.
oSelf-motivation and the ability to work independently including prioritizing job duties.
oUnderstand and be sensitive to the effects of alcohol and other drug use, abuse, dependency and the recovery process.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid driver's license and dependable transportation to use for work purposes. Willingness and ability to work additional time if needed in crisis situations and deadlines.

Physical Demands:
Must be able to regularly talk, hear, sit, and perform keystrokes to enter data entry with reasonable speed to ensure work is completed. Requires physical ability to routinely handle normal office materials and tools including frequently filing, lifting and reaching; ability to move throughout office areas and clients' private homes to complete work assignments.

Work environment:
Regular exposure to normal office and private home environments. Occasional exposure to home environments that include smoking and pets. Ability to drive in inclement weather.