Reunification Support Specialist

Organization: 
Achieving Reunification Center (ARC)
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Tue, 01/09/2018
Program Summary: 
The Achieving Reunification Center (ARC), a non-profit entity, has served parent/caregivers with children placed in an out of home placement through Department of Human Services since 2005. The vision of the Achieving Reunification Center (ARC) is that all families with children in out-of-home placement receive the necessary support to address barriers to reunification while working towards self-sufficiency.
Position Summary: 
The Reunification Support Specialist (RSS) is part of the ARC Ongoing Services Unit and provides support to the enrolled parent/caregiver through regular check in meetings. Successful participation in and completion of onsite ARC support services which include mental health, housing, parenting, job training and financial literacy plays a key factor in the parent/caregiver reunification process. The RSS meets with the parent/caregiver every 15 days to ensure that parent/caregiver is fully participating in services and demonstrating behaviors indicative of self-sufficiency. In addition, the RSS acts as an advocate on behalf of the P/C in the reunification process, assisting the P/C to work collaboratively with the assigned Community Umbrella Agency (CUA), and providing regular reports to Family Court on the progress of the parent/caregiver.
Reports To: 
Reunification Services Coordinator (RSC)
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Maintain constant communication and build rapport with enrolled parent/caregiver through regular meetings.

2. Utilize face-to-face contact as opportunity to identify and strategize solutions to additional challenges.

3. Enhance ability of parent/caregiver to self-advocate at Family Court hearings by ensuring that parent/caregiver has written evidence of successful participation in ARC services, i.e. letters of service completion, certificate of service completion to bring to Family Court hearings.

4. Responsible for monitoring parent/caregiver attendance in services and conducting telephone outreach as appropriate to maintain parent/caregiver engagement in activities.

5. Work collaboratively with assigned CUA as needed to address parent/caregiver needs and concerns, i.e. visitation.

6. Complete referrals to on-site ARC service providers.

7. Update goal plan as needed to reflect ongoing parent/caregiver needs as it relates to achieving self-sufficiency.

8. Maintain case notes using the Strengthening Families Framework as a guide to document parent/caregiver progress at ARC.

9. Complete reports for submission to Family Court and assigned CUA.

10. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

QUALIFICATIONS

 Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Human Services or related field required;

 A minimum of two years case management or similar experience;

 Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and Access;

 Highly organized with ability to effectively manage time and respond to deadlines;

 Excellent listening and communication skills

 Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills including typing, writing and presentation.

Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Forward cover letter and resume to: Renea Lawrence, rlawrence@arcenter.org