Children and Family Stabilization Counselor
The Child & Family Stabilization Counselor is responsible for assessing the strengths and needs of homeless families specifically in the area of parenting resources and advocacy in the areas of children’s behavioral and educational needs.
● Screen youth and children for adverse childhood experiences, and risks for the development of behavioral disorders using the Adverse Childhood Experiences and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.
● Providing weekly one-on-one and family counseling to formerly homeless families and children in their homes and communities
● Continue to work with partnerships including but not limited to the city of Stanton and participate in the North Orange County Task Force to provide counseling/ case management services to children identified at risk of experiencing homelessness
● Teach and model appropriate pro-social skills for children and families in order to assist them in succeeding in social, academic, and home settings.
● Provide regular communication between child’s parents/caregivers, teachers, or other prominent adult figures
● Develop case/ treatment plan for children and family that addresses their social, emotional, and academic needs
● Develop measurable annual goals for child/youth
● Maintain a caseload of 20 children and their families
● Updating case files/ notes as necessary
● Lead multi-disciplinary team meetings as needed to review measurable goals set by case manager
● Collaborate with Children’s Department to provide children’s services to families staying in IF emergency and bridge housing facilities.
● Serve as liaison between housing and children’s programs to coordinate service delivery and referrals between the two programs.
● Make referrals for children’s medical, academic, and emotional needs as appropriate.
● Follow-up and mitigate referrals from operations and children’s programs and provide services/ make referrals as appropriate.
● Implements programs and policies designed to maximize the efficiency of program and ensure that all client needs are met.
● Possesses a full understanding of the needs of the low-income/homeless population
● Passion and commitment to serving those experiencing homelessness
● Ability to work well with a diversified group of individuals
● Possess a working flexibility and can change pace in order to meet the need of a client crisis
● Ability to prioritize and handle multiple complex tasks
● Required experience and/or working knowledge of community and social struggles of the homeless
● Strong mediation, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills
● Previous experience screening children for developmental and behavioral disorders
● An in-depth understanding of both typical and atypical child development
● A developed ability to feel comfortable in client’s homes, communities, and neighborhoods, often independently
● Maintain client confidentiality at all times, except in the case the client is being abused or at risk of hurting himself/ someone else.
● Serve as a mandated reporter of child abuse in the case of suspected child abuse
● Demonstrates the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality of client information, maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
Preferred Experience/ Minimum Qualifications
● Master of Social Work, or Master of Family Therapy (recent graduates welcome to apply) Required; clinical supervision will be provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy or Licensed Clinical Social Worker
● 3 Years of intensifying responsibility in the area of social services specifically related to children and youth facing adversity
● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
● Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
● Bilingual (English/Spanish) required
● Must also have a valid driver's license and a good driving record
● Commitment to the mission of Illumination Foundation
● Complete Mandated Reported training upon hire with the Illumination Foundation
● Acquire Infant, Child, and Adult CPR/ First Aid within first 6 months of hire