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L.I.F.E. Coach - Now Hiring 


This position is primarily responsible for preparing youth in care to begin the transition from out of home care to living interdependently, and will coach youth who have aged out of care to successfully transition to interdependent living in our Merrillville division.

This will be accomplished through the following:

  • Work with DCS and collaborative care youth to address immediate needs for housing, food, clothing and other basic needs immediately upon referral to collaborative care. Primary needs areas include: safety, housing, education, and employment. Assess existing life skills using the Casey Life Skills Assessment.
  • Work with transition team to ensure that all youth in the program have transition plans with appropriate supports in place for the plans.
  • Meet with youth as required in the DCS contract and as determined in CFTM, and work to develop rapport with them. Assess the strengths and needs of youth to form the basis of strength based planning. Empower youth by addressing trauma-related issues as they arise in the transition process.
  • Develop youth driven goals and Learning Plan for developing the skills and resources necessary for successful transition to independence. Encourage youth in the achievement of the goals within the Plan. Integrate long term plans for safety, housing education, employment and financial management into Learning Plan.
  • Help youth develop problem solving skills and coach them through strategy development and implementation. Assist youth in identifying high risk behavioral areas and integrate prevention strategies into plans.
  • Work with youth to develop supportive resources, including mentors who can help them achieve self-sufficiency. Assist with the development of supportive systems and where needed, reestablishing relationships with birth families.
  • Help youth connect with community resources, and support conflicts/special needs with community systems.

Position Requirements

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Child & Family Studies or related degree is required.

Experience Requirements:

  • Two years of experience providing treatment to families.  
  • Experience with independent living services preferred.

Skill Set:

  • Strong organizational skills to prioritize workload
  • Aptitude to coach and support youth
  • Ability to coordinate youth transition efforts
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Operate a computer in regards to Microsoft Office and agency database system
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Indiana - Merrillville  
About the Organization Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a leading national nonprofit organization headquartered in Ohio providing a full continuum of services for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Founded in 1984, SAFY's programs are nationally-recognized in 30 offices across nine states including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Nevada.

SAFY offers a broad range of programming from early intervention and prevention, home-based or community-based interventions, out-of-home placements, reunification and aftercare services for more than 4,300 difficult-to-place dependent children and children at risk. SAFY's comprehensive services include treatment foster care, adoption, emergency and runaway services, mental health services, in-home services, independent living, developmental disability services, juvenile offender programs, aftercare, special medical services and teen parent programs.

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