Family Support Specialist
- Pay: $17.31-$18.27/hour
- Location: Woodland, Davis, or West Sacramento
- Competitive Benefits package including medical/dental/vision coverage
The Healthy Families America (HFA) Family Support Specialist (FSS) provides voluntary home visiting services to families in Yolo County who are facing challenges or who are overburdened. Families can be enrolled during pregnancy or who have newborn babies up to three months of age. Services can be continued until the child turns 3 years old. Intensive home visiting services include using the curriculum Partners for a Healthy Baby, administering assessments such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, depression screening, and Domestic Violence screening. Family Support Specialists teach parents about child development, promote positive infant-parent relationships, enhance baby and child’s social, emotional and cognitive development, support parents in setting and reaching their goals, and connect families with community resources.
The HFA Family Support Specialist must be highly organized, engaging, social, and caring in order to establish friendly, trusting relationships and work with families in a way that supports participation in the program.
The HFA Family Support Specialist must be available to work some evening hours and occasional weekend events.
Step by Step Initiative:
The Yolo County Children’s Alliance Step by Step Initiative seeks to improve the health of children living in Yolo County by improving the infant-parent relationship. This is accomplished by enhancing skills, promoting healthy child development and bonding in a safe home environment. All expecting parents and parents of newborns have common questions about their child’s development. A newborn can bring pleasure and happiness but also stress. Step by Step staff provides support to families in the following areas:
- Self-care during pregnancy
- Soothing a crying baby
- Ensuring child’s adequate nutrition
- Ensuring medical home for child
- Promoting healthy development and bonding
- Creating a safe home environment
- Visit regularly with all assigned families
- Establish a trusting relationship with families to enhance family functioning through nurturing relationships
- Help families identify their family’s strengths and develop parenting skills
- Facilitate setting and following through on family’s goals
- Assist families with enrolling and maintaining health insurance
- Assist families in accessing health care services
- Educate about and connect families to community services
- Attend weekly individual reflective supervision sessions
- Attend required team meetings and staff meetings
- Conduct assessments and use appropriate curriculum and protocols
- Complete home visit records and program data entry on a daily basis
- Ensure that family files are maintained and up to date
- Maintain confidentiality of records as specified in
- Working knowledge of Microsoft applications preferred.
- Must have valid driver’s license and use of own car is required.
- English/Spanish bilingual ability to speak, write, read and translate is required.
- Minimum of 2 reference checks and a criminal background check
- Able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and able to lift 20 lbs.
- Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize assignments.
- Ability to use good judgment and to handle confidential information and sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy.
- Must be able to work with culturally diverse populations and have the ability to relate to people with respect for their individuality.
- Maturity and experience working successfully with young children and their families.
- Non-judgmental and accepting, and willing to relate to families from a strength- based model even in an apparently chaotic family environment.
EDUCATIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
- Completion of an Associate Arts Degree is required with greater weight given to people with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in social services and/or psychology.
- At least two years’ experience in a social services or home visiting in particular. Experience may be substituted for education.
- Data entry in program specific database will be required.
Please submit an email with resume, a completed YCCA job application, a list of current references and a cover letter, as separate attachments to: YCCAjobs@gmail.com. Write “Family Support Specialist (FSS)” in the subject line of your email. Your resume, application, references and cover letter must all be received, as attachments, in order to be considered. YCCA job application can be downloaded here: https://www.yolokids.org/career-opportunities