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Family Finder 

About the Organization Options Counseling and Family Services is an Oregon based non-profit agency comprised of people helping people. Our culturally diverse team of caring individuals has been serving Oregon families for over 25 years. We are proud to offer a Trauma Informed Care environment for both our clients and our staff.  
Position Family Finder  
Location Salem Office  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Open Date 9/21/2017  
Number of Openings 1  
Description

General Description:

The Family Finder identifies relatives and other supportive adults, estranged from or unknown to the child, especially those who are willing to become permanent connections for him/her. Upon completion of the process, youth have a range of commitments from adults who are able to provide permanency, sustainable relationships within a kinship system, and support in the transition to adulthood and beyond. Keeping safety at the forefront and using a family-driven process, families are empowered to formulate highly realistic and sustainable plans to meet the long-term needs of children and youth. Youth outcomes may include increased reunification rates, improved well-being, and stronger sense of belonging.

 
Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or human services is preferred; experience working with child welfare involved families including facilitating family team meetings with families who have experienced domestic violence, social isolation, poverty and/or intergenerational issues. Must have strong organizational competency, literary skills, and oral and written communication skills with the ability to write and present information for court proceedings.

Must be computer proficient in a Microsoft Windows environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and record keeping software preferred. Must be able to build relationships and develop trust and rapport with families, child welfare staff and service providers while maintaining professional boundaries. Must be able to understand and support a family’s culture, being sensitive to issues of power, oppression, discrimination, colonization and marginalization. Be knowledgeable of community resources, and issues frequently affecting families in the child welfare system.

Must be able to qualify as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA), and pass a criminal background check.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Explore family connections and assess the willingness/availability of family members to attend and participate in family meetings.
  • Arrange time and location of family meetings.
  • Prepare youth, parents, family members and professionals for the meeting.
  • Complete post-meeting evaluation and using model fidelity tools.
  • Present assessment/findings and potentially supportive services at jurisdictional hearings.
  • Collect Family Group Conference evaluations and complete model fidelity tools.
  • Convene follow up meetings if requested.
  • Use Software to locate extended family members.
  • Identify and contact extended family members and other potential informal supports.
  • Connect extended family and informal supports to referred family to address the safety, permanency, and well-being of the child(ren) within the referred family.
  • Identify referred family members’ unmet needs on an ongoing basis.
  • This position will provide backup to Options Meeting Facilitators and will facilitate DHS Family Decision Meetings as needed.

Working Conditions:

  • Vision sufficient to read client records and related documentation.
  • Extended periods of time sitting at work station updating client records, phone work and at jurisdictional proceedings.
  • Ability to stand, work, and drive throughout the day.
  • Mobility, including occasional lifting a maximum of 20 lbs, bending, stooping, and reaching, and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job related functions and move about the facility, client homes, and courthouse.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases found in children, families and the public
  • Ability to cope with clients who may use challenging or offensive language with potential for escalation to physical aggression.
 
Req Number SOC-17-00040  
Salary Range $15.38 to $17.55/hour DOE  
EOE Statement Options Counseling and Family Services is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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