The Permanency Specialistis assigned to the Petaluma COMPASS team and has the responsibility of working with families whose children have been declared Dependents or Wards of the Court and who are referred to the Sonoma Wraparound Program. The Permanency Specialist partners with the family’s assigned wraparound team, Child Welfare Workers and Probation Officers to collaborate on all stages of the Family Finding process, working most intensely with families in the Discovery and Engagement stages and supporting the process around Planning, Decision-making, Evaluation and Follow-up stages. The Permanency Specialist supports the goal of reunification of children with their parents whenever possible, building a family team for each child, and also builds engagement with natural supports (team of 12), in order for the family team to develop other alternatives to permanency should reunification not be possible.
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Participates and leads programmatic and clinical training related to discovery and engagement work of family finding with Sonoma staff.
Attends trainings related to Family Finding and apply findings from research on Family Finding best practices.
Receives supervision and consultation from Family Finding experts and Wraparound program supervisor.
Understands, applies and guides the principles and stages of Family Finding, from discovery to engagement to planning to implementation to evaluation of results.
Maintains the primary relationship and collaboration with Child Welfare Workers and Probation Officers on Family Finding efforts with referred clients.
Provide family finding consultation for other North Bay placement programs as needed.
Participate in Katie A Child and Family Teams to discuss concurrent planning for youth and families.
Participate as the lead or point of contact when engaging new natural supports and work collaboratively with the family’s assigned Wraparound team to involve these supports in the wraparound process.
Meets with parents, extended family members, community members and facilitates team meetings on an ongoing basis to build rapport and engage them in planning for permanency for their children.
Complete required documentation according to the program’s documentation standards and timeline (Discovery sheets, Family Finding Fidelity tool, internal consultation documents, progress notes etc.)
Bachelor or Master of Social Work or related field.
Bilingual in Spanish/English a plus!
Must show, through a combination of experience and demonstrated interest in helping parents reunify with their children or plan alternative permanency options.
Must have demonstrated competence in the skill areas of positive client engagement and communication, especially with parents whose children have been removed due to abuse or neglect.
Must have experience working directly with families and demonstrated understanding of the challenges they are experiencing as a result of recent Child Welfare system involvement.
Must be willing and able to work flexible hours in the community.
Own vehicle, valid Drivers License and insurability through Seneca's automobile policy
TB test clearance, fingerprinting clearance, and any other State/Federal licensing or certification requirements
Part-time: 20 hours per week
Comprehensive employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic coverage, and partially paid premiums for dependents
Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan
Scholarship opportunities, ongoing training, and professional development opportunities
We provide a 403(b) retirement plan
Paid time off prorated
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