Children's Home and Aid Home Visitor (Healthy Families) in Champaign, Illinois
Children’s Home & Aid remains committed to improving the lives of children and families throughout Illinois. As a leading social service agency, Children’s Home & Aid serves nearly 40,000 children and families in need each year. We deliver over 70 social service programs in more than 60 Illinois counties. Although it has grown significantly over the years, Children’s Home & Aid remains dedicated to Rev. Van Arsdale’s idea that all children should grow up in an atmosphere of love and stability, and should be helped to reach their full potential.
Since 1883, Children’s Home & Aid has been a leader in responding to the changing needs of disadvantaged children and families in Illinois. For more than 135 years, Children’s Home & Aid has paved the way by establishing best practices and shaping laws in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Today, Children’s Home & Aid is recognized as a leading provider of quality programs and services to children and families in need.
The Home Visitor provides comprehensive, long-term home-visiting services within a strength-based, family-centered model to high risk expectant parents and families with young children, birth to 36 months and/or birth through 5 years of age. Assess infant/child and family needs, help families to establish plans to reach family and child development goals, assist families to expand their support systems, provide parenting support, and facilitate groups.
Adheres to and supports the implementation of all ISBE, MIECHV and/or IDHS standards, program philosophy, and the policies and procedures of Children’s Home & Aid.
Implements assigned Home Visiting model with fidelity.
Completes assessments with families to determine child/family needs, according to specified timelines.
Establishes trusting and nurturing relationships with clients/participants.
Provides observations of parent-child interactions, careful listening, and empathic responses and engage clients/participants in reflection on the developing parent-child relationship.
Assists clients/participants to expand their support systems by providing community networking/advocacy for and with family members; provides information and assistance in locating and accessing community resources that support family well-being and ensure successful linkages to needed services, such as early intervention, mental health, social service supports, health care, etc.
Maintains positive working relationships with collateral partners, referring agencies and other community resources.
Assists families in establishing goals and creating a plan for accomplishment of those goals including resource identification.
Administers developmental screenings on children and in partnership with families. Shares screening results with families and, when appropriate, support linkages and referrals based on results.
Supports families who may have witnessed or experienced trauma, domestic violence, mental health, homelessness and/or substance abuse. When needed, develops safety plans for family well-being.
Plans and facilitates groups that may include parent education topics, expanding social support system and socialization/interaction of children and families. May plan and facilitate other group interactions, such as community resource events, family fun events or during field trips as determined by program model.
Follows up on client referrals received and conducts an intake for each qualifying referral which may occur in a home, child care center, shelter or through Coordinated Intake.
Markets the program services through presentations, networking, monthly newsletters and referrals.
Completes required documentation, paperwork, and data entry accurately and within designated timelines.
Participates in family and clinical staffings with team to coordinate services.
Works within the core services of Infant Mental Health Practice as appropriate to program model.
Participates in administrative and reflective supervision and staff meetings as required by the program.
Attends required professional development trainings.
May serve on local/state committees related to program needs.
Collects, reviews and utilizes data and information on clients and services to inform program/department performance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required; a degree in social work, psychology, early childhood, child development or other closely related field may be required depending on funder/contract/program requirements.
Must be certified in appropriate program model or obtain certification within 90 days of hire and must maintain certification throughout employment.
At least one year of experience working with families with children 0-5 years of age required.
Must be able to maintain flexible work schedule that may include occasional evenings/weekends.
Must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English. Proficient speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and English may be required based upon program
Knowledge of typical and atypical child growth/development and parent-child relationships.
Ability to relate to diverse families using trauma informed practices and a strength-based model.
Demonstrates motivation and the ability to learn and practice supportive skills.
Ability to establish and maintain personal/programmatic boundaries with clients and staff, while providing supporting services.
Ability to manage client and program information in a confidential manner.
Values and is comfortable advocating for nurturing, nonviolent discipline of children.
Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate; demonstrates sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences within the client and staff population
Demonstrates strong oral and written communications skills.
Demonstrates effective organizational skills and the ability to work flexibly under demanding timelines.
Skill in relating to individuals in crisis.
Knowledge of maternal-infant health and concepts of child abuse and neglect.
Must be competent with technology such as Microsoft office products (Word, Outlook, Excel) and develop competency with various online data systems used by the program model within the first 90 days of employment.
Demonstrates respect and acceptance of diverse individuals and communities served by, working in partnership with or employed by Children’s Home & Aid including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, social-economic status, and LGBTQ populations.
Must have a vehicle, valid driver’s license and auto insurance when the position requires an employee to operate a motor vehicle in connection with executing the position’s responsibilities, which include driving to and/or from any agency function.
The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect screening and maintain a cleared status throughout employment.
The applicant must submit to and pass a TB and health screen, including MMR and Tdap immunizations upon hire and update TB/physicals as required as required by licensing standards, if program assignment requires work in child care centers.
Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
Must be able to get on and off the floor and engage children in play.
Must be open to supporting diverse families who may have differing values, lived experiences or living conditions than staff norms.
Children’s Home & Aid offers a benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: Traditional PPO, or PPO w/health savings contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness
Training and Professional Development Plan
Employee Assistance Plan
Click here to learn more about Children’s Home & Aid’s core values.Qualifications
- Bachelors or better in Social Work
- 1 year: Experience working with families with young children.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)