Arizona's Children Association
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Family Engagement Specialist I
at Arizona's Children Association
Do you want to be part of ensuring that every Arizona family has the resources and supports needed to be safe, strong, and resilient? We have an opportunity for you to join our team as a Family Engagement Specialist in our Gilbert location! As a Family Engagement Specialist you will become a member of the Fostering Sustainable Connections program to identify and engage potential permanent families and connections for youth in the child welfare system, who are at risk of long term Fostercare.
Who We Are:
Founded in 1912, Arizona’s Children Association is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year. When working with AzCA, you’ll be surrounded by highly talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.
Why You'll Love Working for Us:
At Arizona's Children Association, our employees are our most valuable asset; and as such we offer a wide range of benefits to aid your health and wellness including:
- Eligibility for Medical, Dental, and Vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of employment
- Employee Assistance Program
- Generous paid time off, paid sick leave, and 8 paid holidays
- 403B Retirement Savings Plan
- Tuition Reimbursement and Discounts
Find your passion. Join our team!
What You’ll Do:
- Identifies, locates and tracks relatives, fictive kin and/or significant adults from the referred youth’s life.
- Engages identified family members/potential supportive adults using a strength-based approach.
- Assess readiness of the youth and/or family members/potential supportive adults’ for initial contact with youth and prepares them for this initial contact.
- Organizes, and facilitates family/connections meetings for each youth
- Prepares for contact by determining the family members/potential supportive adults’ cultural and language needs; transportation needs; and confidentiality and safety issues.
- Implements the 3-5-7 model of practice to address youth’s separation and loss issues in order to promote the youth’s readiness for permanency
- Respects the youth by providing a safe place and time for expression of feelings
- Engages youth in activities that explore their lives and let them tell their story such through the use of life books, lifelines and connectedness maps, while always respecting the youths thoughts and feelings;
- Provides transportation for youth to activities associated with the program;
- Collaborates with DCS and other team members for each youth referred.
- Maintains a sense of urgency throughout the process and motivates the team toward proactive action.
- Maintains accurate and complete documentation.
Minimum Education & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of related experience OR a Master’s degree with less than 2 years of related experience
- Experience will be in the Social Work, Psychology or Human Service Fields (i.e. Group Home, Shelter Care, Behavioral Health field) working with children, families, and or adults.
Minimum Qualification & Requirements:
- Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
- Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be insurable under the agency’s automobile policy.
- Must be able to provide own transportation to and from clients’ homes and/or other relevant organizations/agencies
- Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
- Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position.
- An individual may qualify for this position if the individual is able to “perform safely” the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
AzCA is an EEO/Veterans/Disabled/LGBTQ employer