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.
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.