Purpose of Position: To provide developmentally and culturally appropriate and legally defensible forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleging abuse and/or neglect and coordinating services for the child/adolescent and family within the agency’s Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC).
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate interview schedules with members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).
- Conduct thorough forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleging abuse and/or neglect according to agency policies and procedures.
- Complete required written summaries of interviews and all other required documentation.
- Collect all relevant child and family history and make appropriate referrals to other agencies based on identified needs.
- Provide resource information to families based on identified needs.
- Accurately maintain client records and complete all necessary documentation according to program timeframes and requirements.
- Consult with investigative team members (may include local law enforcement and Department of Child Services (DCS) staff) before and after the forensic interview.
- Respond to subpoenas, prepare and testify in court when requested (testifying in court is required through a subpoena even after employment is terminated).
- Participate in case reviews and present cases as requested.
- Participate in supervision, professional development and on-going training activities to keep informed of the latest child abuse and neglect issues and interviewing techniques.
- Act as an advocate to create and support high standards for child abuse and neglect investigations within the CFAC.
- Maintain professional relationships and boundaries with all MDT members, local law enforcement and DCS staff members.
- Conduct professional and community in-service trainings about child abuse and neglect, including education about interviewing dynamics.
- Contributes to the overall success and quality of all programs and services provided by CAPS by working constructively and collaboratively with other staff members.
- Must accommodate flexible working hours, including evenings, weekends and on-call hours.
- Maintains confidentiality requirements of the agency.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
- Proven presentation skills in small and large group settings.
- Ability to organize resources, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate effective reporting mechanisms.
- Ability to handle difficult and complex child abuse and neglect cases, including child sexual abuse.
- Demonstrated fluency in all Microsoft office products.
- Comfortable with technology, including computer and video recording equipment.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Nursing or related field.
- Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working with children and families where abuse and violence are identified issues
- Ability to effectively work in a high stress environment.
- Previous training in forensic interview techniques.
- Bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
- Advanced knowledge of the causes, intervention, and prevention strategies of child abuse and neglect.
- Completion of State of Indiana required Forensic Interview training.
- Ongoing education in the field of child maltreatment and/or forensic interviewing consisting of a minimum of eight (8) contact hours every two (2) years.
Full-time (30 hours per week) Parent Aide Home Visitor
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To establish a relationship with assigned parents in which the parents’ dependency needs are met and parenting skills are improved. Parent Aide will be responsible for optimizing the home environment for the physical and mental well-being of children who are at risk of being abused or neglected and their families
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology or a directly related human services field OR bachelor’s degree (outside these areas) in combination with a minimum of 3 years’ experience working directly with families in a human services field.
- Must have valid driver’s license, vehicle, acceptable insurance and satisfactory motor vehicle record.
- Experience using computers to manage client information.
- Previous home visitation experience.
- Bi-Lingual (Spanish) MAY be required.
Key Responsibility Area: Training
- Satisfactorily complete initial training sessions.
- Attend and participate in regular staff meetings, ongoing training/in-services and supervision.
Key Responsibility Area: Family Support Relationship
- Establish a trusting relationship with at-risk families by initiating and maintaining regular client contact.
- Assist parents in making and attending appointments for doctors, social service agencies, etc. Act as a liaison between families and community agencies.
- Become familiar with community resources appropriate to needs of clients.
- Demonstrate knowledge of parent-child interaction, child development, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect.
Key Responsibility Area: Professional Contacts
- Work cooperatively with other professionals assisting the family.
- Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.
Key Responsibility Area: Caseload Management
- Collaborate with assessment workers to begin serving clients in a timely manner.
- Establish a case plan with goals, objectives and activities.
- Demonstrate competence in written English.
- Record client observations and activities in a consistent manner and under deadline.
- Demonstrate effective time management with regard to assigned caseload and related work responsibilities.
- Is available to accommodate flexible working hours, including some evenings.
Key Responsibility Area: Miscellaneous
- Report immediately to the Office of Families and Children any suspicion of abuse or neglect.
- Maintain confidentiality requirements of the agency.
- Perform any other related duties as may be necessary to the functioning of the agency or at the request of the Director.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
- Ability to train others.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
- Records maintenance skills.
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
- Ability to plan and implement short- and long-range goals.
- Analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate training plans, curricula, and methodology.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Non-judgmental, compassionate, ability to establish a trusting relationship.
- Successful parenting and/or child care experience.
Emotional maturity, culturally sensitive and competent, use listening skills effectively, ability to foster self-sufficiency in others and awareness of community resources.
Part-Time Supervised Visits Facilitator
Purpose of Position: To ensure the safety and well-being of children by observing and recording activity and behaviors surrounding visitation.
Key Responsibility Area: Pre‑visitation set‑up
- Become familiar with referral information.
- Assign visitation room for the family in the absence of assigned supervisor or become familiar with the location of the off-site visit
- Provide clarification and direction regarding the visitation (i.e. who can and cannot visit)
- Greet and guide custodial and non-custodial parents and children to designated areas.
Key Responsibility Area: Visitation Monitoring
- Monitor the visit in compliance with all of the Supervised Visitation general guidelines
- Monitor the visit at the level indicated on the referral form.
- Observe and document interactions, behaviors and physical condition of all visiting persons.
- Ensure that the visit room or location is clean at the end of the visits – encourage the family to do this.
- Start and terminate the visit at the designated time.
- If the Facilitator believes the child(ren) is being harmed in any way, remove the child from the visitation, ask the visiting party(s) to leave, and immediately contact the custodial party and the Program Director.
- Provide parenting assistance and mentoring as necessary.
Key Responsibility Area: Record Keeping
- Record observations without interpretation. If stating an opinion, indicate as such.
- Complete and save the Feedback/Documentation form on the laptop (or in paper form if necessary
Key Responsibility Area: Miscellaneous
- Notify Program Director at least 24 hours in advance if unable to work as scheduled.
- Attend supervisory conferences and other meetings as scheduled.
- Maintain confidentiality of the families involved in the program.
- Perform other related tasks as necessary to the operation of the program or at the request of the Supervisor.
- Testify in court proceedings as necessary.
- A high school diploma or GED
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
3 years of experience in one or all of the following: social work, childcare, family care, or related field.
In addition, a direct worker must possess:
- Knowledge of child abuse and neglect;
- Knowledge of child and adult development and family dynamics;
- An ability to work as a team member;
- A strong belief that people can change their behavior given the proper environment and opportunity;
- The belief in helping families to change their circumstances, not just adapt to them; and
- Knowledge and ability to model appropriate parent/caregiver behavior