We are seeking a Family Support Specialist for the Special Cases program. The Family Support Specialist (FSS) assists in providing supervised visitation between parents/caregivers involved with the Department of Child Safety (DCS).
The FSS teaches parenting skills and child development education, promotes positive parent-child relationships and interactions, and provides case management/linkage to community resources to parents/caregivers in individual visits. Supervised visits take place in the families’ homes, visitation centers or in the community. The FSS works with parents to assist them in making behavioral changes needed to safely parent their children with a goal of helping the family reunify. The FSS continuously assesses the safety of children during supervised visitations. The FSS assists families in achieving self-sufficiency and links families to natural supports and other community supports. The FSS transports children to and from visitation as needed and typically works with four to six families at one time depending on scheduling availability.
Visitation is provided at times that are best for families and children; afternoon, evening and weekend visitation is common.
Position is offered full-time with an excellent benefits package as noted below. Southwest Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.
Southwest Human Development offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employment to include:
Health insurance (provided at no cost to the employee)
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible spending account
401(k) retirement plan
Paid sick time
Ongoing training and professional development
Supportive, relationship-based supervision model
Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, child development, or related field strongly preferred.
Experience with Medical Child Abuse Cases is strongly preferred
Experience working with child welfare and service coordination with families where there is risk for abuse or neglect preferred.
Must have a reliable vehicle.
Must be willing to travel throughout Maricopa/Pinal County to provide services and conduct visits and be available evenings and Saturdays.
Must have valid Arizona driver’s license, AZ registered vehicle, and vehicle insurance.
Certification in First Aid and CPR.
Functional knowledge of AIDS/STD’s and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and procedures.
Knowledge of Child Welfare Services including:
Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card OR must qualify for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.