30 Days to Family® Specialist – Kinnect (Highland County Jobs and Family Services)

Organization: Kinnect

Post Date: May 18, 2018

Program:  30 Days to Family® Ohio

Reports to: Program Coach (Kinnect)

Location: Highland County JFS (Employed by Kinnect yet housed in Highland County Job and Family Services)

Position Summary

30 Days to Family® is a short term intervention to expand efforts to find safe, appropriate relative supports for children entering foster care.  One goal of the program is to assist in meeting the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (2008) 30-day standard of notifying a child’s adult relatives of their option to participate in the care and placement of the child. The initial search is for grandparents, and non-offending parents, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored.  Because foster care placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify multiple relatives or kin as potential placement providers.  Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest.  In all cases, every effort is made to keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with the case manager and court officials with meeting the Fostering Connections to Success Act, applicable Ohio statutes, and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services policy in regards to relative/kin notification and placement.
  • Researches and coalesces information from relatives/kin to expand the child’s support system and family connections, while identifying potential relative home providers.
  • Identify and document at least 80 family/kin for each child through Family Finding search activities, including: internet & database searches, Children’s Division and Juvenile Court case file reviews, child & family interviews.
  • Facilitate communication with the team and provide the referring agencies with accurate family documentation, including detailed genograms, family contact information, and identified family supports.
  • Attend all meetings and court hearings, advocating for relative/kin placement.
  • Complete assessments on the child and family functioning upon case referral and case closure to measure the success and outcomes of the program.
  • Assist in preparing the family for licensure by explaining the licensing process and assisting with home licensing requirements.
  • Submit detailed activity notes and documentation of all case related billing activities to submit to multiple funders.
  • Maintain accurate files and records for each client

Minimum Requirements

Education: At least a bachelor’s degree in social work, drug and alcohol education, counseling, psychology, or criminal justice.

Experience: Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles. Direct experience in the child welfare field with a basic knowledge of foster care and adoption.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong organization
  •  Superior time management
  • Team facilitation
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Adaptation and flexibility
  • Ability and comfort working with diverse populations in various environments
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Understanding of, or ability to learn, Genopro
  • Works independently exercising keen assessment skills

Additional skills/competencies necessary to carry out services to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics:

  • Obtain a cultural awareness that results in a clear understanding of the worldview that directs individual interactions with people of other backgrounds.
  • Ability to identify needs unique to various diverse populations including those of different gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic group, race, and physical or mental capacity and address those needs with community resource referrals.
  • Locate appropriate resources to communicate with limited-English-proficient individuals or those with hearing impairment.
  • Assist other professionals and team members in understanding the unique needs/characteristics of diverse populations.

Working Conditions

  • In-office and field work required including visits to neighborhoods of various socio-economic status
  • Frequent travel throughout the Ohio county you are placed within
  • Some infrequent travel outside the service area may be required to pursue placement options

DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.     

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to Victoria Duncan, Project Coordinator, at victoria@kinnectohio.org

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