IFP Program Lead
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.
This position serves as a part time IFP Worker and part time Supervisor. As the Family Worker this person will provide case management, improve parental capacity, build and assist in utilizing natural supports, assess caregivers’ ability to keep children safe, and respond 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.
The Supervisor is a Masters level mental health professional who oversees all aspects of service provision within the IFP Program. This position supervises the professional and administrative activities of the two programs including supervising staff and ensuring adherence to the wrap around model and DCF contract.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Carries a caseload of 2-3 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 Director of Permanency Services
- Oversees day to day operations of the programs including intake/ triage, scheduling, staff supervision, and other situations affecting management of care.
- Provides weekly direct and indirect supervision to the IFP Family Workers
- 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
- Represents programs at regional and statewide provider meetings.
- Provides back up to 24/7 on- call staff
- Keeps the Director 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 to ensure the effective operation of the programs
- Masters in Social Work or related mental health field with a minimum of one (1) years’ work experience with providing home-based services to children and families.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Experience working with families and children with complex needs and various degrees of family functioning that may be characterized by an array of risk and safety factors.
- Bi-Lingual English/Spanish
- Masters 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.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Provide weekly supervision to IFP Family Workers
- Facilitate weekly program meetings
- Participates in completion of performance appraisal for evaluation process
- Participates in the hiring and termination of program staff
- 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 able to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours, in order to accommodate individual family needs/schedules and to respond to crisis situations.
- Must be willing to drive to off –campus sites for home visits, collaborative meetings and client transportation.
- Access to reliable transportation
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.