Location: CAC NRV, 90 College Street, Christiansburg, VA
Starting Salary: $30,000. Salary negotiable based on education and experience.
The Family Advocate is responsible for supporting non-offending caregivers in cases of alleged child abuse in such a manner that they can act responsibly to protect and support the alleged child victim.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establish a trusting relationship with families by initiating and maintaining monthly phone contact.
- When appropriate, contact family prior to forensic interview to answer questions and provide information on how to locate the appropriate CAC office.
- Attend all scheduled child forensic interviews in order to meet with the caregiver during the interview.
- Conduct follow-up with the caregiver within 48 hours of the child forensic interview.
- Assist parents in making appointments. Act as a liaison between the family and professionals, as needed.
- Assist family and team members with referrals for services, when requested.
- Record all interactions with the caregivers and other professionals in the client case record.
- Contact primary investigators immediately whenever concerns arise with a family. If serious concerns about a child’s safety are at issue, contact DSS hotline.
- When families contact Family Advocate for support, engage in sound listening skills and direct non-offending caregivers to contact primary investigators whenever specific needs are presented that can only be resolved with their involvement.
- Educate non-offending caregiver and victim child on courtroom process, at the direction of the CA’s office.
- Attend all appropriate court hearings with the non-offending caregiver.
- Attend regularly scheduled multidisciplinary team meetings in order to update the team on the progress of the family and any concerns that have become evident and to obtain information on additional services you can provide to the family.
- Complete any and all necessary evaluation, intake and paperwork requirements with the family.
- Administer OMS surveys to non-offending caregivers
- Educate and assist families with CICF applications, if applicable.
- Provide 24/7 crisis support by phone, when necessary.
The Family Advocate must have a degree or equivalent experience in child welfare, counseling, juvenile justice, or the law. The Family Advocate must have the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with different types of personalities. Other qualifications include knowledge and understanding of issues and dynamics within families in crisis relating to child abuse and neglect, excellent writing skills. Candidate must be proficient with MS Office programs.
To apply, please send your resume along with a cover letter and three references to:
Christina.Rouse@roact.org, no later than January 15th, 2018.
Children’s Trust is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.
The staff at Children’s Trust along with the many volunteers are essential in orchestrating the mission of the agency. Our agency is well respected in the community as a place where children know they can trust adults.
Our programs include child abuse prevention educational programs, child-friendly interview facilities in both the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley, and CASA volunteers. Everyone at Children’s Trust is committed to ensuring that ALL children can be children.
Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunity where you can truly make a difference in the lives of children?