Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, I Parent Aide - On Call in United States

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)' Department of Child Safety (DCS); 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 DCS concerns, the CSA/SRA report, and family needs and strengths
  • Participates with other stakeholders as part of the team, including DCS and other community agencies
  • Provides parenting instruction as specified in the Client Service Plan at least one hour per week, to include: personal care skills/ stress reduction/ personal hygiene; home care and management; time management and prioritizing; personal problem solving; personal affective regulation; securing housing, assistance, jobs; accessing community services and supports; child development; appropriate discipline techniques; appropriate parenting skills; understanding reasonable expectations; health and safety needs of children; child management and recreation; meals and nutrition for children; and how parental substance abuse and/ or domestic violence negatively impacts children at each developmental stage.
  • 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 and incorporates lessons from parenting skills into the visit.
  • 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 as required by DCS contract
  • 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 DCS and agency workers updated on progress and concerns related to the case; maintains contact with DCS specialist at least twice monthly
  • Meet regularly with the referring DCS specialist, including the initial meeting, midpoint (90 day) meeting, and any other face to face contact needed
  • 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; car seat training; AZ mandated reporter laws; CHILDS training and Scope of Work training which must be placed in personnel file within two weeks post training occurrence.
  • Attends ADCS “Core Training for Parent Aides” within ninety (90) days of hire as offered through the ADCS Child Welfare Training Institute (CWTI) This certificate of training is to be kept in the personnel file

Completes training in the following areas within 90 days of hire: basic child developmental needs and issues; how to handle trauma related, vulnerable or medically fragile individuals; and use of boundaries and interventions to de-escalate clients.

  • Has or obtains knowledge and understanding of Family Systems Theory, Family-Centered Practice, family dynamics shared parenting, and treatment philosophies of family-based services, stages of change and motivational interviewing techniques
  • 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
  • Associates Degree or two years’ experience in Human Services Field
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • 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 and have clear Central Registry Report prior to provision of services to clients
  • Have not been placed on probation or parole for the last 10 years
  • Have no civil, criminal, or juvenile restraining orders within the last 10 years
  • Valid Arizona Driver License, proof of insurance, Arizona Motor Vehicle Division 39 month Motor Vehicle Report, and reliable, safe transportation
  • No At Fault Accidents
  • No more than two moving violations No more than one excessive speed violation
Desired Qualifications
  • 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.: 07-10-744

Location: Catholic Social Service – Parent Aide

Status: Non-Exempt– On Call

Salary: $11.38-$14.23/hour; DOE

Open: Jul 25, 2016

Closing Date: Open Until Filled