The Peer Mentor will provide direct in-home support in the form of Parent Mentoring and Safety Monitoring that will serve as ancillary supports to families with child welfare involvement and engage them with appropriate services in order to maintain children safely at home. Parent Mentors serve as role models who provide guidance based on a combination of training and personal first-hand experience.
Essential Duties and Functions:
- Provide Parent Mentoring services that assist and support families in an informal manner including parenting education, finding childcare and employment, house cleaning and organizing, applying for public assistance, etc.
- Provide Safety Monitoring services that fulfill specific actions outlined in a safety plan developed by the DCF Child Protective Investigator or Case Manager including any appropriate activities, actions or tasks that may be formal or informal for the purpose of managing and controlling danger threats.
- Engage caregivers in activities or services that address supervision and monitoring, stress reduction, and behavior modification.
- Assist with resolving immediate crisis and prompt problem solving within the home to support the success of a Safety Plan.
- Connect caregivers to social supports and resources within the community.
- On-going communication with the DCF Child Protective Investigator or Case Manager and other service providers as needed.
- Attend staffing meetings when requested such as Multi-Disciplinary Staffings, Family Team Conferences, and Case Transfer Staffings.
- Provide transportation for children and families as needed.
- Participate in continuing education opportunities including agency in-service training, professional seminars, workshops, conferences, etc.
- Ensure documentation for designated clients and services is completed in accordance with OMC policies and database procedures.
- Other duties as assigned
- Associate Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning or at least four years of related experience is preferred.
- Must have at least two years of experience working with the child welfare system.
- Must have personally navigated through the child welfare system with successful outcomes.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
- Successful completion of required background screenings.
- $500 sign-on bonus ($125 upon completion of new hire Relias Trainings, $125 upon successful completion of probation period, $250 at 1 year anniversary)