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.
The Family Service Worker is responsible for enrolling children and families into an Early Head Start home visiting site, as well as, providing casework services and referral resources.
Essential Job Functions:
- Works 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.
- Enrolls and recruit eligible children for the center, including children with disabilities.
- Ensures 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.
- Assists 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.
- Ensures all grant funding, licensing, and accreditation regulations, including Early Head Start Performance Standards, are met with regard to providing casework services and referral resources.
- Identifies social and emotional needs of families through direct contact, teacher reports, and child observations and provide support through referrals.
- Establishes and maintain a relationship with contracted Mental Health Consultant to coordinate referrals and observations in a timely manner.
- Responds 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.
- Attends parent committee meetings and provide translation for Spanish speaking parents.
- Creates and update a Community Resource Directory and serve as the resource person for families to facilitate access to social services within the community.
- Maintains and manage all children's files and enters data into web-based tracking system.