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Visitation Coach, Foster Care - FT - Grand Rapids, MI

Company: Samaritas
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Job Description:

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Job Summary

Provides individualized coaching to parents whose children have been removed from the home due to abuse/neglect. Supports and enhances the strengths of parents and assists them in acquiring new parenting skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

Using a strengths-based model, coach parents on needed parenting skills by modeling, instructing, and prompting.

Assist parents in identifying their goals for visitations and follow up to review progress and reinforce strengths.

Intervene as necessary to ensure child safety and ensure content of conversations is appropriate.

Provide transportation for foster children to and from family visits.

Supervise children during appointments either at home, office or at other appropriate sites.

Observe parent/child interactions and closely document. Report strengths and concerns to the social worker with case responsibility.

Provide auxiliary services related to center’s foster care program in accordance with center, division, organization, and contract requirements.

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Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

Associate’s degree in human services or related field required or high school degree and 2 years of experience in a human services field.

Experience

Knowledge of child development

1 year of experience in a day care setting or school setting strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently.

Ability and willingness to interact with compassion, cultural sensitivity and empathy to children and families.

Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables.

Ability to read, speak and write English language. Fluent in the language of the clients served preferred.

Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to write using proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Able to use basic computer software applications.

Additional Work Requirements

Automobile travel required. Valid unrestricted driver’s license with good driving record. Valid proof of automobile insurance.

Use of a safe and clean vehicle.

Ability to work a flexible schedule or nontraditional hours.

Physical and Mental Requirements

Ability to lift/carry small children and older children up to 100 pounds.

Near visual acuity; hand-eye coordination; hand and finger dexterity.

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At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team.

We want you to be our rock! We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

Samaritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/Vets/Disabled

Keywords: Samaritas, Grand Rapids , Visitation Coach, Foster Care - FT - Grand Rapids, MI, Other , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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