Rising Ground, Inc

Parent Advocate

Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
Posted Date 3 months ago(8/4/2021 1:22 PM)
Job ID
2021-1866
# of Openings
1
Category
Other

Overview

Rising Ground is hiring Parent Advocates who will support parents with children in foster care to understand and navigate the foster care system, make decisions for their families, remain hopeful, and address family challenges so that they can accomplish their goal of reunification.  The focus of this job is building connections with parents and working collaboratively with case planners.  Each Parent Advocate will be assigned to a case planning unit and will support parents and bring their experience to the foster care agency decision-making process so that children are more likely to return home quickly and safely.  The Advocates will be part of the Parents Supporting Parents initiative recently launched by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), in conjunction with Rise, a parent-led NYC advocacy organization, and other important child welfare stakeholders.  All Advocates will receive training and support through Rise.

 

This initiative is built upon the premise that Advocates with their own personal prior lived experience of the child welfare system will be effective in informing and supporting parents with children in foster care, and help to improve outcomes for children and families.

 

This is a full-time position with a flexible work schedule that is based in our Brooklyn Office.

Responsibilities

  • Build relationships and support parents in coping with the trauma of foster care involvement, making decisions for their families, communicating effectively with those involved in their case, and maintaining relationships with their children during foster care placement.
  • Prepare parents and participate in Family Team Conferences including but not limited to Transitional, 20 Day, Six Month Service Plan Review, Trial Discharge and Final Discharge conferences.
  • Report to foster care unit supervisor and work alongside case planners.
  • Collaborate with Co-Parenting Facilitator and all service providers directly responsible for care outcomes.
  • Be trained by Rise as part of a group of parent advocates newly hired to work in foster care agencies, with a focus on healing and self-care; building knowledge of child welfare law, policy and practice; building relationships for support and mentorship with other advocates; and creating an ongoing support and advocacy network.
  • Learn to use Rise’s TIPS handouts and resources to inform and support parents.
  • Be trained to facilitate Restorative Justice Peacekeeping Circles to support parents through weekly circles (meetings) at the agency and/or in community.
  • Become a partner in Rise’s Reunification Collaborative, working with 6 foster care agencies to improve case practice and engagement with parents in the first 90 days.
  • Contribute to defining and achieving success for this effort to build effective and meaningful roles for parent advocates in foster care agencies.
  • Recognize and celebrate parents’ progress toward reunification.
  • Encourage parents to engage in supportive interventions that will strengthen their families.
  • Help families navigate resources.
  • Coach parents to strengthen problem-solving skills while discovering their strengths, hopes, dreams and priorities.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Previous life experience being impacted by the child welfare system as a parent including having had a child placed in foster care or having had a court-ordered supervision case. Other prior child welfare involvement such as having personally experienced child welfare investigations may also qualify.  Previous child welfare cases must be closed for at least one year.
  • A natural collaborator.
  • Warm, enthusiastic, able to engage and positively impact individuals.
  • Someone who has a sincere appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to assist with parent engagement and are geared towards working sensitively on topics involving trauma, stress, and healing.
  • Writing skills.
  • Computer skills conducting Google searches and using Microsoft Office.
  • Skilled at working in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects occurring simultaneously.
  • Passion for parent leadership and preventing child welfare involvement.
  • Able to maintain high level of confidentiality.
  • Able to travel extensively to all NYC boroughs.
  • Able to uphold the mission and values of Rising Ground.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have experience as a Parent Advocate in foster care, preventive, mental health, or family defense agencies, or in any coaching or support roles in community organizations, schools, etc.
  • Have experience holding challenging conversations and facilitating meetings
  • Are bilingual

TO APPLY: 

Please include cover letter and resume in application. Your cover letter should briefly explain why you would make a good Parent Advocate, why you would like to do this work, how your work history or volunteer work has prepared you for this work, and just one sentence noting the type of child welfare involvement you previously experienced. 

Candidates will be contacted for virtual interviews on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until it is filled. Part of the interview process will include a simple skills test such as reading a paragraph about a visit and writing up notes on the visit. 

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