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Position Title

    Family Support Specialist - Healthy Start


    Do you want to empower young parents to provide their children with a “Healthy
    Start”? Friends of Youth is seeking a passionate bilingual home visitor to help
    strengthen young families and promote health and success for their children. The
    bilingual home visitor will join our team of Healthy Start home visitors in working
    directly with local families on child development and parenting practices using
    the evidence based Parents as Teachers model. Healthy Start home visitors
    screen children for healthy development, link families to community resources,
    and plan family friendly activities. Most importantly, Healthy Start home visitors
    build positive relationships with families working together on the basis of equality
    and respect.


    A. Participant Enrollment and Assessment       
        1. Follow-up on new referrals until the participant enrolls, declines enrollment,
        or has not been reached after repeated attempts over three months.
        2. Screen new referrals to ensure that they are appropriate participants for
        Healthy Start.
        3. Complete the Referral Follow-up Report and send it to the referral source
        and Program Manager.
        4. Provide in-home enrollment and needs assessment.

    B. Parenting Education and Support Services
        1. Prepare for and provide home visits to participants at least bi-monthly using
        the Parents as Teachers foundational visit plans and other PAT supplemental
        materials. In home visits, the FSS will: build rapport with the family; discuss
        child development and parenting practices; model, consult, and coach on
        parenting practices; engage in parent-child activities (including book reading)
        to foster participant observation of their child's behavior and parent-child
        interaction; and support the participant in developing and updating family
        independence goals during home visits.
        2. With the participant, screen the participant's child at least annually for
        developmental progress and vision, hearing and health issues.
        3. Provide participant referral and linkage to a wide variety of community
        resources to support participant’s needs and independence goals.
        4. Plan and facilitate group meetings for participants at least monthly.
        5. In addition to the mother, include the father and other family members
        raising the child (as appropriate) in Healthy Start services.
        6. Maintain at least 50% of total hours as direct service hours.

    C. Community Collaboration and Outreach
        1. Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff at public
        health, hospitals, schools and other community service providers.
        2. Attend community provider meetings.
        3. Maintain awareness of community needs and service availability.
        4. Know and network with community resource providers.

    D. Administrative
        1. Maintain accurate, up-to-date participant records.
        2. Complete accurate, on-time agency and program statistical information in
        electronic format provided.
        3. Complete accurate, on-time outcomes and other evaluation information.
        4. Meet with supervisor bi-monthly for reflective supervision and team meeting.
        5. Attend All Staff meetings (monthly), consultation, and in-service trainings.
        6. Maintain Parents as Teachers certification through appropriate trainings.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Master of Arts Degree in Social Work or related field, or Bachelor of Arts
        Degree in Social Work or related field and two years related experience.
        2. Home visiting experience desired.
        3. Valid Washington driver's license and auto liability insurance.
        4. Reliable transportation.
        5. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth
        vehicles on
        Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s)
        on Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that
        complies with the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        6. Bilingual, bicultural English and Spanish preferred.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Knowledge of family support principles.
        2. Knowledge of parent-child interaction.
        3. Knowledge of child and adolescent development.
        4. Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and neglect and domestic
        5. Group process skills.
        6. Ability to establish a trusting relationship with at-risk families.
        7. Ability to manage assigned caseload and related job responsibilities.
        8. Ability to develop community resources and market services.
        9. Ability to work as part of a team.
        10. Ability to work with and maintain a group of volunteers.
        11. Able to read, write and speak English.
        12. Available to work some weekends and evenings.
        13. Knowledge of relevant Council on Accreditation standards and participation
        in the Performance Quality Improvement process.
        14. Committed to Friends of Youth's inclusive movement towards
        empowerment and social justice by demonstrating respect of differences,
        advocating for social change and providing access to culturally relevant
        services to meet the needs of all youth and families.


    Full Time



Reports to

    Healthy Start Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Barb Luniuck-Rakita at

Job Posting Date

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