Family Support Counselor / Kid First

  • Kids In Distress
  • Wilton Manors, FL 33305
  • Aug 01, 2022
Full time Consultant

Job Description

Kids In Distress is looking to hire a full-time Family Support Counselor responsible for providing in-home wrap around services to at-risk familiesThis is a great opportunity for somebody that has excellent communication skills, loves working with children and families, and is available 24/7 to the families served by the program.

As a Family Support Counselor you will make the initial family assessment, case plan, and discharge report and all documentation required on your caseload. You will also make referrals to a variety of agencies for the family for follow-up servicesSpecific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Make face-to-face contact with the family in the family's home at least once a week.
  • Complete a family assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the family unit.
  • Develop a family preservation plan (case plan) that describes the behavior a family must exhibit to keep the child safe from further harm and/or strengthen the family.
  • Maintain detailed files, case log, and weekly progress reports on each assigned family.
  • Assist assigned families in improving their relationships, as well as teaching parents how to provide better care, nutrition, hygiene, discipline, protection, instruction, and supervision.
  • Help families discover and gain access to community resources which would assist them in meeting their needs, including food, housing, transportation, education, employment, respite care, etc.
  • Provide any other additional reasonable services for the prevention of maltreatment and unnecessary foster care as may be needed in order to strengthen a family at risk.
  • Provide 24-hour emergency on-call assistance for assigned families.
  • Attend court hearings as required.

Skills/Requirements

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related human services field; and at least one (1) year of experience working with children and families with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience with domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse, and knowledge of the child welfare, child development, parenting and social services in Broward County is required.
  • Perform individual and family needs assessments. In-home Direct Services, In-home parenting training, Crisis and Supportive Counseling.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and case management skills. Must have the ability to intervene in family and crisis situations and be an advocate in dealing with ChildNet and legal systems.
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate in English.
  • Candidate must be computer literate and have the ability to complete documents in Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to meet the needs of the families served in the program.
  • Must have transportation and be willing to visit clients in their homes. Valid Florida Driver's License with full access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage (proof of insurance is required).