The Supervised Visitation Program provides visiting parents and their children with the opportunity to spend time together in the presence of a neutral third party. Visits are observed and notes are made by monitors regarding their interaction. These notes are then made available to the referring party when applicable. Visits occur on-site, at a government building, and/or in clients’ homes. The goals of the program are to eliminate child abuse and neglect by parents; to improve parenting skills; to ensure safety for adult and child victims of domestic violence; and to reunify children with their parents when possible.
Responsibilities & Duties:
- Provide a secure and neutral environment which ensures positive experiences for parents and their children.
- Model appropriate social skills for parents and their children.
- Assist staff with session preparation & clean up, and observation and note-taking during sessions.
- Abide by the determined plans and procedures specific to the program and to each client.
- Observe and report any concerns or changes in parent’s care or child’s mood, behavior or health to supervisor.
- Conduct duties in an unbiased manner in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and guiding principles by which all clients, volunteers, interns and staff are treated equally regardless of race, gender, religion, age, physical or mental abilities and/or sexual orientation.
- Mature judgment and ability to cope with problems that arise, as well as the ability to respond to potential crisis situations in a responsible way.
- Adequate sensory alertness to monitor and to protect safety and well-being of the children.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to listen and provide empathy for the feelings and values of parents and children, with a sensitivity to and interest in supporting the unique struggles of at-risk families.
- The ability to work with clients who are victims of violence.
- Knowledge of child development and effective parenting styles & skills.
Orientation & Training Requirements:
- Agency Orientation, successful completion of a Criminal Background Check, and other agency paperwork.
- Initial and ongoing training with Manager of Supervised Parenting Services & Supervised Parenting Monitors.
- Must have a motor vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and current insurance.
- May be expected to drive to client homes and transport clients in some instances.
Fluent in Spanish, Hmong, Somali or other languages with the capacity to serve clients in that language.
This position requires a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week for 3 months. Hours are available primarily weekends and evenings at multiple locations.
Submit resume & cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Potential candidates will be asked to complete a general volunteer/intern application and interview.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 3 hours/week for 3 months (minimum)