The Family Support Specialist/Community Health Worker provides support to prenatal women referred by local OB clinics and Hospital Maternal Care Coordinator. The Family Support Specialist/ Worker will provide program information, resource/referral assistance, crisis intervention, A & D education, information and referral regarding treatment options and parent education; conduct regular home visits with enrolled families and provide information on child health and development, health and safety issues, and parenting; and assist with Parent Education classes.
1. Education & Experience: Associates degree in early childhood health, education, or development, family systems, public health, psychology or a related field, or attainment of Professional Development Registry level 4, and minimum two years’ experience in an early childhood, home visiting or family services program. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Exceptions to these requirements may be made with a one-year Professional Development & Training Plan in place.
2. Shared life experiences that qualify employee in obtaining the Community Health Worker training.
3. Maintain enrollment in the State Central Background Registry.
4. Must have reliable transportation and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, and have a driving record permitting coverage under the corporate liability policy. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes must also have and maintain personal auto liability coverage.
5. All work performed must be in alignment with the philosophy, mission and values of Family Tree Relief Nursery.
6. Exhibit dependability, flexibility, punctuality and strong time management skills.
7. Demonstrate emotional maturity and stability.
8. Must attend or have record of recent training of mandatory reporting and demonstrate basic knowledge of child maltreatment indicators and prevention of abuse.
9. Have or obtain, and maintain, pediatric CPR/First Aid training and valid food handler’s card.
Abilities and Knowledge:
1. Familiarity with vulnerable populations, including families in poverty, domestic violence, physical and/or mental health issues, and addiction, with a special emphasis on mental health.
2. Knowledge of community resources and referral processes for basic needs, crisis intervention, recovery support, employment, medical health, mental health, plus the ability to match services to individual client needs.
3. Knowledge of prenatal, infant and child health and development, parent/child attachment and relationships, and family systems and dynamics, especially their impact on young children.
4. Able to clearly articulate information to people of varying cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds.
5. Able to relate sensitively, confidently and nonjudgmentally with young children and/or their parents.
6. Able to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively orally and in writing.
7. Able to work well with children and parents of diverse backgrounds, with ability to build trusting relationships.
8. Able to establish and maintain professional boundaries while providing supportive services.
9. Able to work well both independently and as a team player.