Under close supervision and with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, supports and accelerates their clients efforts to reunite with their child (ren) through a collaborative effort with state and local Child Protective Services (CPS). Each Parent Partner will carry on average a caseload
Acts as an advocate for clients; attends appointments with clients; follows up with clients in order to insure they are following CPS service plan. Assists with social services paperwork; compiles and maintains information. Work in close collaboration with local and state Child Protective Service workers and other social service personnel to further their understanding of significant social and emotional factors underlying the clients? family needs. Become familiar with their clients? CPS service plan goals, objectives, and expectations. Based on their clients CPS service plan, collaborate with their client to prioritize, schedule and plan a strategy to fulfill their clients? service plan expectations. Facilitate working relationships with CPS caseworkers and other professionals. Support, educate and facilitate their clients? access and use of community services. Provide coaching and education around, communication, stress management, coping skills, problem solving, and staffing/meeting etiquette. Use role play techniques, teach and practice with the clients effective communication skills, meeting etiquette, requesting services, interacting with community resource providers. Become familiar with and develop working relationships with their clients? CPS case worker and other community service providers. Develop a working alliance with their clients that is founded on trust and effective communication. Ensure that their clients fully understand the expectations set forth by CPS to reunite with their child(ren). Make face to face contact with their clients a minimum of once a week using a strengths based, solution focused approach. Accompany their clients to court hearings, CPS case staffing and other meetings that will support their client's effort to complete their case plan and reunite with their children. Attend and actively participate in weekly supervisions (individual and group) and seek out supervision as needed with the Program Manager. Complete all project trainings. Collect data and provide timely weekly reports. Maintain accurate and timely documentation of each and all contacts with their clients. The employee will comply with all State and University policies.
Other related functions as assigned.
Less than high school education. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.