Job Description

The KID FIRST (Family Intervention Response & Support Team) Program is an in-home family preservation program focusing on assisting families in crisis. Serving more than 500 families annually for an average of 3-4 months, Family Support Counselors meet with each family on a weekly basis to teach parenting skills and provide case management and crisis intervention.

This is a full-time position responsible for providing in-home wrap around services to at risk families. The FSC makes the initial family assessment, case plan, and discharge report and all documentation required on his/her caseload. He/she also makes referrals to a variety of agencies for the family for follow-up services. The individual must be available 24/7 to the families served by the program. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Make face to face contact with the family in the family’s home at least once a week.
  • Complete a family assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the family unit.
  • Develop a family preservation plan (case plan) that describes the behavior a family must exhibit to keep the child safe from further harm and/or strengthen the family.
  • Maintain detailed files, case log, and weekly progress reports on each assigned family.
  • Assist assigned families in improving their relationships, as well as teaching parents how to provide better care, nutrition, hygiene, discipline, protection, instruction, and supervision.
  • Help families discover and gain access to community resources which would assist them in meeting their needs, including food, housing, transportation, education, employment, respite care, etc.
  • Provide any other additional reasonable services for the prevention of maltreatment and unnecessary foster care as may be needed in order to strengthen a family at risk.
  • Provide 24 hour emergency on-call assistance for assigned families.
  • Attend court hearings as required.

Skills / Requirements

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related human services field; and at least one (1) year of experience working with children and families with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience with domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse, and knowledge of the child welfare, child development, parenting and social services in Broward County is required.
  • Perform individual and family needs assessments. In-home Direct Services, In-home parenting training, Crisis and Supportive Counseling.
  • Provide referrals for services from collaborative partners. Document services and referrals.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and case management skills. Must have the ability to intervene in family and crisis situations and be an advocate in dealing with ChildNet and legal systems.
  • Must be fluent in English and have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals or technical procedures written in English; the ability to type reports and business correspondence in English; and the ability to effectively communicate in English.
  • Candidate must be computer literate and have the ability to complete documents in Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to meet the needs of the families served in the program. 
  • Must have transportation and be willing to visit clients in their homes. Valid Florida Driver’s License with full access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage (proof of insurance is required).

Classification: Exempt     Salary: $ 35K

Full-time employees are eligible to receive a benefits plan including: medical, dental, life, and vision insurance coverage; flexible spending account, long term disability, and a matching 401k plan, among others. Full time employees are also eligible to receive holiday pay, and earn paid vacation after their first year of employment.

Important Notes

It is the policy of Kids In Distress to provide Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees and to applicants for employment in accordance with laws, statutes and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Kids In Distress is a Drug Free Workplace and requires drug testing.