Parent Partner


Position Purpose:
Position exists to provide mentorship through shared lived experiences of recovery with families who are currently navigating the Child Protective Services System while their children are placed in foster or kinship care. This position promotes change in traditional practice by celebrating individuals on their path towards change, recovery, and accountability by offering hope, advice, and advocacy. The Parent Partner is recognized as a critical link between the Child Protective Services Worker, other providers, and the family. Additionally, the Parent Partner will work in tandem with other social workers, attorney, counselors and others to regularly assess progress and to assist these professionals to better understand the patterns, behaviors, and needs of the families being served.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
1.Partner intensively with parents to promote engagement in case plan activities via face to face visits, letters, emails, and/or phone calls.
2.Provide a sense of hope and inspiration through encouragement, outreach, and resource education.
3.Mentor through self-disclosure of personal lived experiences with recovery and child protective services.
4.Encourage parent to advocate for their rights and assist in the goal of reunification and/or development of alternative permanency plans.
5.Maintain a high level of confidentiality regarding the parents that are being mentored and attend meetings with professionals as a support (at the request of the parent).
6.Support families by attending Family Involvement Strategy (FIS) meetings, court hearings, treatment sessions, recovery groups, or other discussions with parent.
7.Collaborate with Parent Partner team which includes program supervisor, FARR team, and other professionals for consultation and case direction.
8.Foster outreach and trainings to inform and educate community members and policymakers.
9.Complete all required documentation in a timely manner, which may include case notes, timesheets, data collection and family support plans.

Other duties and responsibilities:
1.Attend supervisory sessions, regular staff meetings/consultation, staff trainings and promote positive team relationships.
2.Work a schedule that is responsive to parents' 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:
oMinimum requirement of high school diploma or GED
oLived experience with Child Protective Services
Have been reunited with child/ren for at least one year and/or
Have had at least one year to resolve issues related to termination of parental rights, or other permanency decisions where children were not reunited
oLived experience with substance abuse and have been free from substance use for a minimum of one year
oMentorship experience preferred
•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.