Caregiver Support Specialist –

Lakeland

The Caregiver Support Specialist plays a pivotal role in serving caregivers of children who are known to the child welfare system. The Caregiver Support Specialist works with the Director of Caregiver Emotional Support to develop and coordinate a network of churches, community partners, and business to provide wraparound support for caregivers of children who are known to the child welfare system. The Caregiver Support Specialist also serves as the program’s “child welfare expert” to assist caregivers, as needed, in understanding the case plans/other child welfare paperwork/legal proceedings for the children in their care.

 

Essential Duties & Functions

  • In the absence of the Director of Caregiver Emotional Support, to assist with oversight ofthe day-to-day operations of the Caregiver Support Program and staff.
  • To meet and maintain the One More Child standards and goals, as outlined in the annual goals developed by the Director of Caregiver Emotional Support and Senior/Executive Director of Foster Care.
  • To serve as the program’s “child welfare expert” to assist caregivers and staff, as needed, in understanding the case plans/other child welfare paperwork/legal proceedings for the children in their care.
  •  To work with the network of support to provide caregivers needed support and/or to link caregivers with opportunities to receive all necessary trainings, which are complete, current, and compliant with program standards.
  • To ensure/document contact (visits, calls, e-mails, etc.) occurs at least once/month with all caregivers assigned to OMC for support.
  • To assist with providing wraparound support for all caregivers assigned to OMC for emotional support and to assist with providing 24-hour on-call support/coverage to the families, which includes but is not limited to, answering/returning calls related to support requests in a timely manner.
  • To work with the network of support to provide volunteers needed support and/or to link volunteers with opportunities to receive all necessary trainings, which are complete, current, and compliant with program standards.
  • To maintain updated case records, files, and database records in an efficient manner.
  • To maintain a cooperative working relationship with community agencies/partners and other referral/funding sources.
  • To represent OMC at booths/speaking events as well as internal meetings, as needed (including evening and weekend hours), as requested by the Director Of Caregiver Emotional Support and/or the Senior/Executive Director of Foster Care.
  • To participate in continuing education opportunities, including agency in-service training, professional seminars, workshops, and conferences and to ensure that all training required by OMC, statutes/administrative codes, and/or the local CBC/DCF are fulfilled annually.
  • To perform all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience with/knowledge of the child welfare system.
  • Experience in public speaking, project management, development and PR, budget management, and strategic planning is strongly desired.
  • Successful completion of required background screenings
  • Florida Driver’s License within 30 days of hire
  • Has and will maintain a current driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record (6 points or less)

Employee Benefits: 

  • $1000 sign-on bonus ($250 upon completion of new hire Relias Trainings, $250 upon successful completion of probation period, $500 at 1 year anniversary)
  • 403b
  • Insurance (Dental, Medical and Vision)
  • Paid Days Off
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