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Bilingual Permanency Specialist

Company: Seneca Center
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: June 11, 2019

Job Description:

OverviewThe Bilingual (Spanish/English) Permanency Specialist is assigned to the Sonoma Wraparound team. The Permanency Specialist partners with the assigned wraparound team, Child Welfare Workers and Probation Officers to collaborate on all stages of the Family Finding process, working more intensely with families on the Discovery and Engagement stages and supporting the process around Planning, Decision-making, Evaluation and Follow-up stages. The Bilingual Permanency Specialist supports the goal of reunification of children with their parents whenever possible, building a family team for each child, and also builds engagement with natural supports (team of 12), in order for the family team to develop other alternatives to permanency should reunification not be possible.Seneca Family of Agencies is committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities a network of outstanding mental health, community based, and educational services. Celebrating diversity and creating a culture of inclusion increases creativity, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork. Seneca's agency-wide DEI Advisory Board, Employee Resource Groups, and Language Practice Groups help our employees provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to the families we serve.For more information on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, click here!Responsibilities* Participates and leads programmatic and clinical training related to discovery and engagement work of family finding with Sonoma staff.* Attends trainings related to Family Finding and apply findings from research on Family Finding best practices.* Receives supervision and consultation from Family Finding experts and Lifelong Connections program supervisor.* Understands, applies and guides the principles and stages of Family Finding, from discovery to engagement to planning to implementation to evaluation of results for youth enrolled in Sonoma Wraparound.* Maintains the primary relationship and collaboration with Child Welfare Workers and Probation Officers on Family Finding efforts with referred clients.* Provide family finding consultation for other North Bay placement programs as needed.* Participate in CFTMs, TDMs and TEAM meetings to discuss concurrent planning for Sonoma Wrap youth and families.* Participate as the lead or point of contact when engaging new natural supports and work collaboratively with the family's assigned Wraparound team to involve these supports in the wraparound process.* Meets with parents, extended family members, community members and facilitates team meetings on an ongoing basis to build rapport and engage them in planning for permanency for their children.* Complete required documentation according to the program's documentation standards and timeline (Discovery sheets, Family Finding Fidelity tool, internal consultation documents, progress notes etc.)Qualifications* Bachelors degree required* Bilingual in Spanish/English required.* Master of Social Work degree or related field preferred* Experience and demonstrated interest in helping parents reunify with their children or plan alternative permanency options.* Demonstrated competence in the skill areas of positive client engagement and communication, especially with parents whose children have been removed due to abuse or neglect.* Experience working directly with families and demonstrated understanding of the challenges they are experiencing as a result of recent Child Welfare system involvement.* Own vehicle, valid Drivers License and insurability through Seneca's automobile policy* TB test clearance, fingerprinting clearance, and any other State/Federal licensing or certification requirementsSchedule* Full-time* Monday -Friday* Flexible schedule required, with the ability to work some evening and weekend hours as neededBenefits* Competitive salary* Comprehensive employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic coverage, partially paid premiums for dependents, and a 403(b) retirement plan* Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan* Scholarship opportunities, ongoing training, and professional development opportunities* 4 weeks of flexible Paid Time Off* 403b Retirement Plan

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