Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, I Parent Aide in Sierra Vista, Arizona

As a condition of employment, all CCS employees are required to qualify for an Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card

Position Purpose

Contacts and engages clients referred by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)' Child Protective Services (CPS); assesses the needs of clients who accept services; develops case/service plans; provides parenting instruction and needed services; provides or arranges for transportation and supervision of visitation, addresses risks of child abuse and/or neglect in client families. Position may from time to time be stressful and require a high demand of performance. May perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions
  • Provides parenting instruction and needed services to families as required in the scope of work
  • Creates an assessment report based on the first meeting with the family
  • Conducts an in-depth interview with the family, including named caregivers and children
  • Creates service priorities and a service plan for the family based on CPS concerns, the CSA/SRA report, and family needs and strengths
  • Participates with other stakeholders as part of the team, including CPS and other community agencies
  • Provides parenting instruction as specified in the service plan, at least one hour per week, to include child development,, home management, personal problem solving, accessing community services and supports, appropriate discipline techniques, and appropriate parenting skills
  • Arranges for transportation (where needed) and supervision of visitations between caregivers and children as specified in the service plan. Incorporates observations made during the visitation into parenting/coaching sessions
  • Available to provide services on weekends and evenings; accessible to families by phone or pager twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week for emergencies
  • Thoroughly documents all case activity
  • Participates in case file preparation as needed for each client referred, ensuring all relevant documents are updated and included
  • Updates progress reports regularly and service plans a minimum of monthly and ensures all documentation is prepared according to contractual guidelines
  • Inputs all progress reports, assessments, service plans, visitation reports, and other relevant documents into CHILDS
  • Participates in File Reviews as part of the Continuous Quality Improvement process
  • Actively participates as a member of the team
  • Participates in supervisory meetings with the supervisor, both on an individual basis and as a group; reviews all new cases with a supervisor
  • Keeps CPS and agency workers updated on progress and concerns related to the case; maintains contact with CPS specialist at least twice monthly
  • Meet regularly with the referring CPS specialist, including the initial meeting, midpoint (90 day) meeting, and any other face to face contact needed
  • Participates in CFT’s, TDM’s, Foster Care Review Board Hearings, CPS case plan staffings, adult treatment meetings, and other meetings as necessary
  • Attends meetings as assigned and appropriate
  • Understands and complies with the requirement to report child or adult maltreatment
  • Participates in training and regular process improvement activities
  • Completes at least fifteen (15) hours of training within thirty (30) days of hire, which will include evidence based or informed practice on parenting skills
  • Attends DES Parent Aide training as soon as it is available
  • Completes at least fifteen (15) hours of competency based training per year, to include the Arizona mandated reporter law, therapeutic intervention techniques, how to access Title XIX services, and evidence based or informed practices on parenting skills
  • Has or obtains knowledge and understanding of Family Systems Theory, Family-Centered Practice, family dynamics shared parenting, and treatment philosophies of family-based services
  • Has or obtains knowledge and ability to access community resources; helps families connect with needed resources
  • May drive company or personal vehicle on agency business
Minimum Qualifications
  • High school degree/GED
  • Must be able to work as part of a diverse group
  • Must have problem-solving ability
  • Ability to relate well to families of varied lifestyles, backgrounds, and ethnicities
  • Experience with multi-problem families
  • Has or obtains experience in family-centered services, family dynamics, community resources and how to access them, cultural diversity, substance abuse, effects of child abuse and neglect on child development, sexual abuse, mediation and other interventions
  • Essential physical requirements include walking, sitting, standing, driving, lifting lightweight office supplies and equipment, talking hearing seeing and writing
  • Obtain State of Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Valid Arizona Driver License, proof of insurance, Arizona Motor Vehicle Division 39 month Motor Vehicle Report, and reliable, safe transportation
Desired Qualifications
  • AA or Bachelor’s in Social Services or related field
  • Additional years of directly related experience in a child welfare setting
  • Bilingual, English / Spanish verbal and written

No.: 04-16-643

Location: Sierra Vista

Status: On Call - Non Exempt

Salary: $11.38 - $14.23, DOE

Open: Jan 15, 2015

Closing Date: Open Until Filled