Job Description Reports to Peer Support Coordinator
SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to provide face-to-face
peer support, education and advocacy to parents and caregivers of
children involved in the New Jersey Children's System of Care.
Family Partners must be the primary caregiver or parent of a
child/youth with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance
use, intellectual and developmental challenges and have
demonstrated their ability to advocate on the child's behalf.
Build and maintain supportive relationships with caregivers
assigned by referral through the Children's System of Care. Provide
support, education and advocacy to address family's needs.
Conduct Family Assessment of Strengths and Needs at intervals
and create a plan of action with caregivers to address their
Educate caregivers on the roles of members of the Child Family
Team within Children's System of Care. Help caregivers to build a
tram that includes natural supports.
Assist and encourage families with expressing their needs at
meetings, such as Child Family Team meetings, court hearings, and
Child Study Team meetings.
Educate caregivers and their families on the Wraparound values
and principles and assist in the identification of natural supports
who can serve on their Child Family Team.
Document each caregiver encounter in the agency's defined system
Attend training at least 4 times per calendar year on topics
related to job specific activities upon approval. Achieve and
maintain successful Family Partner certification/re-certification
qualifications within the designated time frames.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bilingual a plus - Spanish, Portuguese and
French Creole . A family partner is, or has been, the primary
caregiver of a child with emotional, behavioral, mental health,
substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges who has
successfully navigated a child serving system on behalf of the
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must be able to express ideas clearly and be able to explain
concepts to others with a command of oral and written English
Must demonstrate the ability to cooperate with strong decision
making skills and the ability to work for and with others.
Must be able to respond with a sense of urgency to accomplish
tasks with attention to detail.
Must be able to identify oneself in a professional manner in all
Must be able to identify problems/issues and to creatively solve
Must be proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word,
Excel, and Outlook).
Must have a valid NJ Driver's license and a reliable vehicle
Must be able to do home visits throughout Essex County, NJ
Company Description The Family Support Organization of Essex
County is a family-driven, family-centered nonprofit that provides
Peer Support, Education and Advocacy for parents of children who
have emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use,
intellectual and developmental challenges. We hire parents of
children with these challenges who are uniquely able to provide
one-to-one peer support to parents in similar situations. We also
offer monthly workshops and weekly support groups to aid families.
Our goal is to empower families to take control of their lives by
building on their strengths and supporting them as needed. We
encourage public and private agencies to work with us and with each
other to strengthen families with the goal of keeping children safe
and healthy in their homes and community.