Kinnect to Family Specialist
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Reports to: Regional Director
Job Location: Northwest Ohio
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision & Retirement
Overview of Kinnect
At Kinnect, we envision a child welfare system in Ohio where:
- Foster care is a temporary or short-term option
- Children and families are empowered to find solutions to the problems they face
- Direct service providers and social workers can establish and maintain a culture of innovation and excellence
- All stakeholders prioritize permanency in each decision made on behalf of a child and their family
We believe that childhood is a fundamental human right, and that every day for a child in foster care is a day in crisis. We envision a world where families, agencies, resources – and children – work together so that every child is loved and nurtured in a permanent chosen family. We develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible. We have been advancing this mission since 2005 (as Waiting Child Fund).
The Kinnect to Family Specialist is a full-time position dedicated to the service of children and families referred to Kinnect to Family. The Kinnect to Family Program is a specialized short- term intervention that utilizes the strategies of diligent searching and relentless engagement to identify potential connections, supports, and kinship placement options for children entering into foster care. One goal of the program is to assist in meeting the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (2008) 30-day standard of notifying a child’s adult relatives of their option to participate in the care and placement of the child. The initial search is for grandparents, and non-offending parents, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored. Because foster care placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify multiple relatives or kin as potential placement providers. Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest. In all services, every effort is made to keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults.
- Collaborates with the Public Children Service Agency (PCSA) case manager and court officials with meeting the Fostering Connections to Success Act, applicable Ohio statutes, and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services policy in regards to relative/kin notification and placement.
- Researches and coalesces information from relatives/kin to expand the child’s support system and family connections, while identifying potential relative home providers.
- Identify and document at least 80 family/kin for each child through Family Finding search activities, including: internet & database searches, Children’s Division and Juvenile Court case file reviews, child & family interviews.
- Facilitate communication with the team and provide the referring agencies with accurate family documentation, including genograms, family contact information, and identified kin supports.
- Attend all meetings and court hearings, advocating for relative/kin placement.
- Complete assessments on the child and family functioning upon case referral and case closure to measure the success and outcomes of the program.
- Assist in preparing the family for licensure by explaining the licensing process and assisting with home licensing requirements.
- Maintain accurate files and records for each family served.
Education, Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Social Services or related field,
- Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.
- Direct experience in the child welfare field with a basic knowledge of foster care and adoption, preferred
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Organization and superior time management skills with the ability to meet multiple program deadlines and manage multiple tasks
- Facilitation and conflict resolution/mediation skills
- Able to adapt quickly and comfortable working with diverse populations in various environments
- Understanding of, or ability to learn, Genopro (family tree/genogram software program)
- Works independently exercising keen assessment skills
- Ability to use customer service initiatives to work with partner agencies
- Available to work a flexible schedule, which may include nights and weekends
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
- Possess a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation
Additional skills/competencies necessary
- Teaming: Ability to motivate and inspire a team. Must show a commitment to establishing and maintaining vision in a fast-paced fluid environment and to help team members to understand their role in helping to accomplish the vision.
- Initiative: Measure self against a standard of excellence. Undertake self-development activities and learn new skills, seek increased responsibilities and ask for and offer help when needed. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and harmoniously with a variety of personalities and leadership styles.
- Communication Skills: Clearly and persuasively communicate, including public speaking; listen and seek clarifications; participate in meetings; write clearly and informatively.
- Integrity: Work well in a rapidly changing environment; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions. Understand business implications of decisions, align work with strategic goals, complete administrative tasks and develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
- Flexibility: Able to multitask in a changing work environment. Handle competing demands and unexpected events. Willingness to change approach to best fit the situation.
- Dependability: Follows instructions, takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments.
- In-office, home-office, and field work required including visits to neighborhoods of various socio-economic status. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, etc.
- Frequent travel throughout the Northwest/Central Ohio region
- Some infrequent travel outside the service area may be required to pursue placement options and to attend trainings/meetings
DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
All employment decisions at Kinnect are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, size, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.