JOB POSTING # 2021-66-02
Foster Parent Support Program
Wage: $24.00 per hour
Part Time: 18 - 22 Hours per week
Archway Community Services has been helping people since 1969. We provide more than 85 programs and services to clients at every stage of life. Our vision for the future is justice, opportunities and equitable access for all. We strive toward that goal by fostering community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership. Come help us help people.
The Caregiver Support Worker works with Caregivers in their homes and community to sustain successful foster placements and reduce problems leading to moves. This position assesses the needs and strengths of Caregiver families and accesses community resources as necessary. The Caregiver Support Worker actively collaboratives in Care Team Meetings with Caregivers, Social Workers and other professionals in a wrap-around care model.
- Works with a caseload of Caregivers in their homes and community with the goal of sustaining successful placements and reducing challenges leading to moves.
- Builds and maintains strong working relationships with clients, co-workers, and other professionals.
- Maintains files and completes notes and reports in a timely and professional manner.
- Provides one-on-one and group support to Caregivers aimed at reducing conflict and increasing the ability to manage challenging behaviours.
- Works with Resource Social Workers and other professionals within the Care Team model.
- Assists Caregiver families in making successful transitions with children/youth entering or leaving their home.
- Assesses strengths and needs of Caregiver families and accesses appropriate community resources for both.
- Co-facilitates psycho-education/support groups for caregivers based on attachment theory and trauma informed practice.
- Teaches and models a variety of skills including self-advocacy skills to various client groups.
- Commits to collaborative practices at all levels (i.e. client to community).
- Submits reports and stats in accordance with program, agency, and funder policies and procedures per supervisor request.
- De-escalates and provides support to Caregivers in contentious or heightened situations.
- Provides solution-focused, non-reactive support to Caregivers using a client-centered, strength based approach.
- Recognizes and debriefs vicarious traumatization and actively practices self-care.
- Attends and actively participates in Care Team and program-related meetings and professional development.
- Other duties as assigned.
Requirements and qualifications
Education and Certification:
- Must maintain a satisfactory Criminal Records Check.
- A degree in social services or a related field. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.
- At least 3 years’ experience working with families and youth in a social services setting.
- Experience related to or working with foster placements, and youth and children who for a variety of reasons cannot live with their original families.
- Experience training, supporting and debriefing foster parents and/or caregivers.
- Experience conducting group facilitation and teaching skills to various groups.
- Experience navigating the BC Foster Care System.
Knowledge and Skill Set
- Strong written, verbal, and active listening skills, able to communicate with a variety of people from different backgrounds.
- Working knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice and supporting research (e.g. Karen Purvis, Bruce Perry) and familiarity and competence in their application.
- Strong facilitation, conflict resolution, and informal counselling skills.
- Working knowledge of Child Development, family meeting formats, FASD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Genuine empathy, patience and skill in working with diverse clients, youth and children.
- Working knowledge of Attachment Theory, the dynamics of broken trust, and Trust-Based Parenting Strategies.
- Strong integrated case-management skills.
- Able to work with funders and community partners.
- Mediation skills are an asset.
- May be required to be certified with Emergency First Aid
- Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License and use of own vehicle are required for this position
- Ability to work in multiple capacities: independently, as a collaborative team member, and in a leadership position.
Closing date is September 24, 2021