From direct care staff to program managers to clinicians, our employees make a difference every day. Our talented team provides youth at risk and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the supports they need to thrive. And as part of The MENTOR Network— a national network of local health and human services providers—MENTOR employees are part of a growing organization that’s been at the forefront of providing innovative, community-based care for more than 30 years.
Child and Family SpecialistApply Now Job ID 190001RW
Child and Family Specialist
Primary Location: CA-CAPalmdale-1529 E Palmdale Blvd
Function:Program Services Coordination/Case Management
Everybody needs a job but only extraordinary people work here. As the Child and Family Specialist for California MENTOR Family Support Services, you’ll be one of those extraordinary people. We seek a passionate leader who can successfully provide guidance to the identified child and family as a mentor/coach/advocate. Hours are variable based on the needs of the families you provide services for. Bring your creative ideas and your passion for success; we’ll train you on the rest.
• Provides in-home and community based supports under the periodic guidance of the clinical supervisor, develop conceptualization for each assigned case (in conjunction with the treatment team)
• Attend review hearings as well as child and family team meetings; make recommendations based on plan observations
• Prepare child for Child and Family Team activities and advocate for child’s needs as a full and active member of the Child and Family Team
• Assist in connecting child and family to community resources
• Pursue case goals utilizing various resources: community supports, resource family life, supplemental counseling, psychiatric services, therapeutic activities, etc.
• Regularly evaluate child/family progress and periodically meet with treatment team to review cases
• Advocate for child and family’s needs and best interests by assisting in the identification of service gaps and community resources to meet identified needs
• Maintain appropriate and required documentation consistent with accreditation and Department of Child Services treatment and Medi-CAL standards.
• Keep placing agency workers informed about family and child’s progress, major crises, etc.
• Interact with schools, parks and recreation and other community resources
• Work with Foster Families Build and maintain positive, supportive, and encouraging working relationships with resource families
• Direct resource to families in their efforts to be therapeutic in their work with those placed in their home
• Manage conflict and family crises through reference to family safety plan
• Attend resource family trainings; co-facilitate training and/or activities for children
• Facilitate independent living youth in securing entitlements and other collateral resources
• Prepare each foster child for the identified permanency goal in a developmentally appropriate manner in conjunction with other service providers including the referring agency staff and therapist when applicable
• Enhance foster child functioning by providing basic counseling, psycho-education, skills training, etc.
• Provide mentoring and teaching resources:
• Coordinate development and implementation of family goal plan including:
• Nurturing/parenting skills
• Problem-solving/conflict resolution skills
• Child development
• Self-esteem concepts
• Safety plan for children and parents
• Includes objectives for growth in family’s assets
• Includes issues as well as basic needs
• Associate Arts degree in Human Services, Social Work or Psychology plus one year experience working with high risk youth; or a high school diploma (or GED) plus three (3) years’ experience working with high risk youth.
• Reliable transportation
• Auto insurance that complies with the state policy concerning minimum car insurance coverage
• Valid driver’s license in good standing
• Successful clearance of local and/or state background checks
• A competitive compensation/benefits package including 401(k) with company matching
• Annual bonus plan
• A rewarding work environment
• Meaningful relationships with your co-workers and the individuals we serve
• Time Off & Holiday Pay
• Family-oriented environment, casual dress
• Employee discounts; fun employee events
• Dynamic work environment, no day is ever the same as the next
• On-the-job training including career development, advancement and paid CEU opportunities
• Access to jobs throughout the nation-wide Network
• Mileage reimbursement
Bring the right attitude; we’ll train you for success!
We have a great work environment and you’ll be surrounded by a strong and supportive team of peers, leaders and colleagues. California MENTOR is a partner of The MENTOR Network. The MENTOR Network is a national network of local human service providers offering quality, community-based services. With approximately 28,000 employees serving 25,000+ consumers in 36 states, you'll have career opportunities from coast to coast. When you join The MENTOR Network, you’ll make a difference every day and help to provide quality of life enhancing services to individuals across the country.
Come join our team of dedicated and caring professionals. Apply Today!