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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Direct Care Worker/ Home Visitor

Education: High school
Location: Lawrence, Massachusetts, 01843, Afghanistan
Posted by: MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Job Category: Counseling, Direct social services
Language(s): English
Job posted on: October 17, 2007
Area of Focus: Children and Youth, Health, Mental, Multi-Service Community Agency
Type: Full time
Last day to apply: December 16, 2007
Last updated: October 17, 2007


Description:
MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is a private, nonprofit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well being of children and families. Make a difference in the lives of the families and children that you serve!!

PROGRAM:

Healthy Families Massachusetts is a statewide home visiting program administered by the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund. Through Healthy Families, first-time parents under the age of 20 are offered information and the individual support they need to raise healthy, happy and safe kids.

DESCRIPTION:

Provide home visiting services to identified families. Services will include parenting skills education, mentoring, assistance in accessing needed services, and support for families and children
With parents, conduct assessment and develop and implement appropriate service plan utilizing appropriate community resources;
Based on service plan assist families in developing and act as role model for interpersonal relationships, i.e., peer, parent/ child;
Observe and document child growth and development;
Perform developmental screenings on children at standardized intervals;
Teach basic living, parenting and interactive skills;
Help parents meet children’s daily needs and to care better for their children physically and emotionally;
Develop effective relationships with parents which maintain and promote self respect and encourage family independence through utilization of interviewing skills, education, role modeling, and the provisions of supportive, concrete services;
Assist families in developing and maintaining support network and in identifying and utilizing community resources and services;
Ensure that all necessary referrals are made, especially to medical providers to maintain medical home for children and family and to social service programs, financial assistance; Maintain ongoing communication with these providers of collateral services to eliminate duplication of service and to ensure that family is meeting goals;
Based on service plan provide modeling and support to help parents help infants/children to meet developmental goals.
Complete all necessary reports, documentation to maintain case records in accordance with MSPCC and CTF standards;
Assess family and review service plan at standardized intervals;
Lead parent support groups as assigned by supervisor;
Meet with supervisor and other team members on a regularly scheduled basis;
Attend all appropriate training sessions, team meetings, staff and family meetings.
Perform other reasonable duties as requested by supervisor.

REQUIREMENTS:

High school education or equivalent with at least three years experience working with infants including experience working with families from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
Shares the language, culture and preferably life experience of the population being served.
Good listening skills, sensitivity to the needs of families and ability to identify family strengths.
Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Understanding of prevention model.
Ability to handle stressful situations.
Ability to work with volunteers.

BENEFITS:

Salary positions are eligible for health and dental insurance, short/long term disability insurance, group life insurance, flex-spending for medical and dependent care and a 403(b) savings plan. We also offer industry standard leading vacation (3 weeks), sick and holiday leave policies for eligible staff.

How to Apply:
To apply, email cover letter and resume to recruitment@mspcc.org. Please include jobcode IDL07.

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