Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED is required; CADAC/Addiction Counselor Certification preferred
  • FSS will be a mother in recovery for at least two years, familiarity with 12-step group process
  • Familiar with and able to work from a strengths-based, family-centered approach.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including the ability to work well with a wide range of families and service providers.
  • Ability to travel within the designated areas of Hampden County as needed.
  • Basic computer proficiency skills are required to record and track activities, contacts and referrals.
  • Valid Driver’s license and use of a vehicle is required.
  • Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with DCF is preferred.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Work cooperatively with project staff to encourage initial and ongoing participation of mothers and families in needed services.
  • Provide mentoring, advocacy, and support for pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers with substance use disorders or living with HIV/AIDS and their families through home visiting, building connections to community based services, and/or support groups..
  • Assist families with understanding and navigating the public health, medical, mental health and social service agencies that offer needed services.
  • Provide culturally appropriate support and guidance, including health related information.
  • Participate in Family Case Conferences (at DCF) and regularly scheduled supervision and project team meetings.
  • Maintain contacts with service providers and agencies, community-based resources, the family’s social network, and members of the extended family.
  • Record and track all activities, contacts, and referrals.
  • Other duties as assigned

Accountability:
Reports to Family Services Supervisor