Responsible for provision of Reunification Readiness, Reunification Services and Therapeutic Family Time. Responsible for assessing the readiness of potential bio families referred by DCF that may qualify for reunification services. Provide reunification services to families referred by DCF providing short-term intensive in-home services following the removal of a child(ren) due to abuse or neglect in order to promote successful reunification. Will conduct weekly home visits and work closely with the bio-family and resource family (substitute caregiver), as well as conduct therapeutic family time (supervised visits) and transportation to and from visits, provide on-call support to families; and provide intervention as needed. Services are provided in coordination with DCF and other community service providers. Family Support Specialist are also responsible for providing Therapeutic Family Time (TFT) services to families who are referred by DCF. Transportation of children will be required. TFT services will utilize the Visit Coaching Modelin their Therapeutic Family Time work. As part of Visit Coaching, the coach is actively involved in supporting the parents to demonstrate their best parenting skills, utilizing a strength-based approach. A range of coaching approaches /interventions can be used based on the individual strengths and needs of the parents including: Use of play, modeling, instruction, and rehearsal.
1. Provision of direct services to children and their families which may include:
- assessment and engagement
- formulation and contracting for services or treatment plan.
- implementation of treatment plan modifying as appropriate during the course of service.
- discharge planning which may include plans for follow up treatment and connection to community services and programs
- Case management
- Work with community groups in collaborative ventures
2. Provision of Service in the office, home or host setting, to meet the unique needs of families served.
3. Accurate and timely completion of clinical documentation and reports, and any other documentation and reports required by agency and program policies and funding sources.
4. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with other community agencies and organizations in consultation with supervisor, in order to provide comprehensive and effective treatment services for clients (i.e. schools, courts, hospitals, etc.)
5. Works as a team member with other clinical and administrative staff to respond to client and programmatic needs.
6. Knowledge and implementation of agency policies and procedures.
7. Partners with supervisor to identify areas and develop plans for professional growth.
8. Contributes to agency organizational life by participating in agency wide task forces, committees or problem solving teams as appropriate.
9. Contributes to agency visibility and development of community linkages by representing the Village in community groups or committees, as assigned by supervisor.
The Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time program provides intensive support services for families with children (age birth-17 years) in Connecticut Department for Children and Families (DCF) custody whose permanency goal is family reunification. The majority of families we serve are from the DCF Manchester and Hartford Offices.
The program uses a strength-based team approach to engage and support families focusing on reunification transition and/or strengthening the parent-child bond. The program also facilitates foster care family involvement, so they can be seen and used as a resource for biological families.
Services include parenting education and skill building, parent-child relationship development, safety planning, therapeutic family time supervision, in-home visitation, case management with linkages to community resources, 30 day reunification readiness assessment and 24/7 on-call support.