Child & Family Services of RI Housing Advocate in Middletown, Rhode Island

The Housing Advocate /Family Support Partner (FSP) - is responsible for partnering with families and supporting the wraparound facilitator to do Wraparound with the family. The FSP may provide direct support and services for some families. The FSP is responsible for connecting families to community resources, as well as partner with, and support families with children and youth, who are at risk for abuse and neglect, who have serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a developmental disability (DD) and/or who have juvenile corrections involvement in the home and/or school setting. The involvement with families is by family choice, as some families may either choose not to have a Family Support Partner or may not require it. The length of involvement varies with each family as the FSP role is to empower the family towards self- efficacy.

Wraparound Functions, including:

  • Support, educate, encourage, empower, and advocate for the family to use their voice to express their views and choices

  • Support the Family Service Care Coordinator (FSCC) with family engagement, building trust and orienting family members and others to the Wraparound process

  • Support wrap team integration and success

  • Encourage the process of collaboration

  • Connect family to natural resources, supports, and community-based services that are culturally appropriate

  • Active member of the Wrap Planning Team until the family is able to advocate for their individual needs and choices

  • Documentation Management: support data collection needs such as RIFIS activities and progress notes.

  • Service Provision, Coordination, and Referral: link and refer families to appropriate services and informal supports as needed; provide basic parent education; serve as a mediator and advocate for timely, individualized service provision to the family within the care planning process

Advocacy: as a peer mentor, to support family empowerment and assist the family and agency representatives with understanding the Wraparound process and the varying perspectives of the team members; assist families with access to parent advocacy organizations; connect with other families with similar challenges and other supports to encourage success and continued self-efficacy; educate parents on regulations and laws that support the rights of individuals with disabilities.

All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: This is a peer-mentor position and candidates (ideally) should have experience successfully raising a child with serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a developmental disability (DD) and/or have been involved with child welfare services or juvenile correction services. The candidate must maintain a flexible schedule so as to meet the needs of the families. This position requires a valid driver’s license. Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

This position is one, which has been identified as having responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and care of clients. Therefore, the incumbent must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the care appropriate to the age of the clients served within the program. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development, and the ability to assess data reflective of the client's status. In addition, they must be able to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each client's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs and be able to provide the care needed as described in the program's policies and procedures.

Benefits Summary:

The competitive benefits program offered by Child & Family includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Life and long-term disability insurance

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Worksite wellness programs

  • Generous paid time off

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

EOE/AAP Participant

Child & Family will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, color, race, creed, national origin, ancestry, religious persuasion, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, military status, veteran status, physical or mental disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations, genetic predisposition or genetic carrier status, or any other protected category under local, state or federal law, nor will anyone receive special treatment for those reasons, except for reasonable accommodation as required by law. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

C&F strives to achieve a workforce that includes representation of qualified affirmative action group members in proportion to the qualified and available target group workforce in the community that we serve.