IFP Family Worker
LOCATION: Bridgeport, CT
At Boys & Girls Village, we understand that children and families are the cornerstones of our society. Since 1942, it has been our mission to preserve and strengthen family bonds. As a leader in services for troubled youth and their families, we continually strive to develop a seamless continuum of care. Boys & Girls Village offers an array of services for children and their families. These services range from highly structured sub-acute services on campus to intensive intervention and care in the home and the community. Our broad range of programs and services are designed to work collaboratively with families, state and local agencies, and other community providers.
PURPOSE/FUNCTION OF THE PROGRAM:
The Intensive Family Preservation Program (IFP) is an intensive in-home program designed to prevent the placement of children who have been exposed to child abuse and/or neglect. The program provides home-based case management, crisis-intervention, parenting education, advocacy, coordination with community providers, assistance with concrete needs and linkages to community resources.
The IFP Worker provides case management, improves parental capacity, builds and assists in utilizing natural supports, assesses caregivers’ ability to keep children safe, and responds to crises. Staff provides concrete interventions to address safety concerns and improve family functioning to minimize risk factors that put a child at risk of removal.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Carries a caseload of 5 families providing a minimum of 2 home visits per week for the first four weeks and a minimum of 1 visit per week for the remaining weeks of service.
- Through case management, identify helping families meet their basic needs and make referrals on behalf of the families to needed resources and services in the community. Provide assistance and guidance in order to assist caregiver with their basic needs (i.e. transportation, housing and nutrition).
- Assess the family’s ability to keep the children safe and identify trauma triggers and the impact that trauma has on the family and parenting style. Refer the family to trauma informed services as needed.
- Review safety concerns and risk factors that may impact child safety. Develop safety and crisis plans and update continuously. Assess family functioning, the parent’s skills and their motivation to change. Identify family resources and formal/informal supports and assist with their integration into supporting the family.
- Create individualized service plan using the NCFAS-G and PFS within 30 days of initiating in home services that address safety concerns; child specific issues; caregivers cognitive limitations; housing, education employment and transportation issues; partner or domestic violence and behavioral or substance use issues.
- Improves parental capacity, parental skill development activities, and competence of caregivers through teaching, coaching, modeling, and supporting.
- Assist family in building and utilizing natural supports in families in order to sustain change following IFP intervention
- Prevents out of home placement of children.
- Participates in weekly supervision with the IFP Program Manager.
- Collaborates with other service providers to assure continuity of care.
- Supplies monthly notes to DCF to collaborate and report status of changes.
- Adhere to all contract, BGV and state regulations.
- Attends monthly DCF reviews in order to collaborate with DCF workers and liaison
- Works a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours as part of normal service hours, in order to accommodate individual family needs/schedules and to respond to crisis situations.
- Participates in a 24/7 on call rotation coverage for crisis intervention, including holidays and weekends, in order to provide information and assist the family in securing immediate clinical interventions when necessary on behalf of the family.
- Keeps the IFP Coordinator apprised of any and all situations that involve the safety of any individuals in the program or community.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Prevent, intervene and report instances of child abuse or neglect.
- Completes all paperwork in accordance with state and federal statutes, COA standards and Boys & Girls Village, Inc. standards.
- Participates in the collection of all required data elements for DCF and the agency
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelors in social work or related mental health field with a minimum of three (3) years’ work experience with providing home-based services to children and families.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Bi-Lingual English/Spanish.
- Masters in social work or related mental health field with a minimum of one (1) year work experience with providing home-based services to children and families
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Must be able to climb several flights of stairs
- Must be able to work with clients in a variety of settings
- Must be able to lift 35lbs
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT
- Must be willing to drive to off –campus sites for home visits, collaborative meetings and client transportation.
- Access to reliable transportation
- Must be available to families 24/7, 365 days per year.
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
Boys & Girls Village takes pride in the supportive, team-oriented work environment we offer to current and prospective employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan and generous vacation benefits. In addition, it is our goal to assure that the highest quality of care is provided to our clients by our competent, committed employees. To that end, we encourage professional development through our tuition reimbursement program and promote continued growth through various learning opportunities.
Boys & Girls Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we kindly ask that you do not inquire via telephone about the status of your resume. You can be assured that if you do not hear from us, your resume will be held on file for future consideration.
PLEASE NOTE:Due to the Department of Children & Families regulations, we are prohibited from hiring anyone with a pending charges or convictions of assault or a violent crime; risk of injury to a minor; impairing the morals of a child; physical or sexual abuse, possession; use or sale of a controlled substance; similar crimes.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.