Family Support Worker is responsible for optimizing the home environment for the physical and mental well-being of unborn babies, infants and children who are at risk of being abused and/or neglected by their families. FSW will assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship through education, parenting skills training and intensive case management and support. FSW will utilize the Lutzker SafeCare® Program model for reducing child maltreatment to develop plans for family intervention.
- Provides home-visitation services to families in the Tulsa area. Assists parents by teaching child development, positive parenting practices and parent-child interaction activities utilizing the Safe Care® curricula and modules.
- Relates to families from a strength-based model and establishes a trusting relationship with identified at-risk families by initiating and maintaining regular contact and support for families in their homes.
- Effectively manages assigned caseload and related responsibilities, including assessments, goal-planning and parenting education provision by completing comprehensive psychosocial assessments, Individual Family Support Plans (IFSPs) and SafeCare® program assessments and screenings accurately and within the time frames specified. FSW will administer additional protocols and screenings as identified by the Director of Client Services, Secondary Prevention Manager and the outcome evaluators.
- Documents all services provided directly and by referral, progress on family goals and progress notes as well as other program-required documentation and maintains well-organized case records.
- Has the ability to recognize the need for professional intervention or other community services, to make appropriate and effective referrals and to follow-up to ensure that referrals were successful.
- Demonstrates the agency’s values of compassion, respect, adaptability and learning.
- Participates in agency Performance and Quality Improvement initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned by the Secondary Prevention Manager.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field, plus two years work experience with at risk families.
- Prior experience working with prenatal women, infants, children and their families and home visitation experience preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and organizational skills.
- Excellent listening skills and interpersonal skills.
- Maintain a valid state driver’s license and a car for full-time business use in making home visits.
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds to carry forms, parent-child activity materials, and basic need items to one’s car and to apartments that may be upstairs.
- Ability to sit on floor for extended period of time to perform activities as needed while on home visits.
- Ability to work with culturally diverse populations and in geographical areas that are identified as higher risk locations.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field.