Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 68,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are currently searching for a full-time Family Support Worker to join our North team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION:
Responsible for enrolling children and families into an Early Head Start home visiting site, as well as, providing casework services and referral resources.
Work with the Project Manager and other staff to coordinate services relating to child and family well-being, including Disabilities, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition and Family Partnerships.
Ensure completion and submittal of paperwork in a timely fashion.
Complete Family Assessments and make appropriate referrals to assist parents in the development and implementation of their identified goals.
Assist families with procuring required dental and medical records for children enrolled in the program; analyze medical records to determine special needs and requirements for each child.
Ensure all grant-funding, licensing, and accreditation regulations, including Early Head Start Performance Standards, are met with regard to providing casework services and referral resources.
Identify social and emotional needs of families through direct contact, teacher reports, and child observations and provide support through referrals.
Establish and maintain a relationship with contracted Mental Health Consultant to coordinate referrals and observations in a timely manner.
Respond to and work with external partners, including representatives from CDFSS (Chicago Department of Family Support Services), CPS (Chicago Public Schools), and NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children), and other licensing representatives as needed.
Attend parent committee meetings and provide translation for Spanish speaking parents.
Create and update a Community Resource Directory and serve as the resource person for families to facilitate access to social services within the community.
Maintain and manage all children's files and enters data into web-based tracking system.
Bachelor’s Level Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Sociology, Child Development or related field.
Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and/or weekends.
Knowledge of community resources.
Must have access to a vehicle, valid driver's license and proof of insurance to perform essential job functions.
Must have two years of social service experience.
Must be Bilingual in Spanish.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ health savings contributions.
Metropolitan Family Services is an accredited nonprofit agency that has more than 800 full and part-time professional staff dedicated to providing quality services by empowering families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive. We value our professionals for serving as a mentor, a motivator, and advocate to families in need. Since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change t...hat empowers Chicago and Suburban- area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.