New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexity, chronic health conditions, significant disabilities and behavioral challenges. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a Parent Advocate to join its Foster Care Adoption.
RESPONSIBILITY: This position will ensure that birth parents have an adequate voice for their concerns regarding their children in the foster care system, and that they will navigate the foster care system as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Parent Advocate (PA) is expected to collaborate with the Foster Care on all issues related to birth parents.
Title: Parent Advocate
Supervisor: Foster Care Unit Supervisor
Location: 37 West 26th Street, New York NY 10010
Description of Responsibilities
•Collaborates with foster care staff on all issues related to the successful engagement of birth parents;
•Provides direct support to birth parents including conducting home and community visits;
•Prepares parents for and participates at Family Team Conferences;
•Assists parents in utilizing community services, communicating effectively about their foster care case and meeting their service plan goals;
•Informs parents of their rights, and educates and advocates for parents in family court;
•Assists parents in remaining connected to their children during foster care placement including supporting family time;
•Supports the “Parent to Parent” concept, and educates and sensitizes foster parents to the issues and feelings common to parents whose children are in foster care
•Acts as agency representative at Community Partner Initiative meetings;
•Attends NAC, ACS and RISE training sessions as appropriate;
•Performs all of job duties as assigned.
This position requires history of successful reunification with child/children after foster care placement.
•High School diploma or equivalent (minimum);
•Proficiency in Spanish and English preferred;
•Good communication skills; strong engagement and interpersonal skills,
•Including sensitivity to cultural strengths and differences;
•Experience in parenting a child with complex medical,
•Developmental or behavioral needs preferred.
TRAINING: Be trained by RISE training and remain engaged with RISE creating an on-going network of support.
HOURS: This is a full-time position and may require evening work with clients who need to be seen after 5 PM.