Position: Visit Coach
Department: Children’s Services - Foster Care Program in Allentown PA
Availability of Position: Immediate
Schedule: Part-Time position, up to 19 hours weekly, working a flexible schedule of day and evening hours and some weekends.
Reporting Relationships: Reports to Placement Services Director
Salary Grade: $22-24 per hour; 78 Non-Exempt
Overview: The Salvation Army Children’s Services’ mission is “Doing the Most Good by Nurturing Children, Strengthening Families and Engaging Communities.” We do this by protecting and caring for every child, building caregiver capacity through trauma informed education and support and partnering with local community organizations that have a heart for foster care and adoption. The Salvation Army has a long, rich history of serving the community and offers innovative programs that meet the diverse needs of children, youth and families.
Become part of our team helping to re-build family relationships and support reunification efforts for children in foster care! The Visit Coach works in a home like setting called The Comfort Cottage which promotes a safe and
nurturing environment between the children and their families.
The Visit Coach/Family Specialist will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and learn Trust Based Relational Invention so to engage with families using the innovative and evidenced based practice of TBRI®.
Description of Position: Coordinate assessments, develop Strength/Needs-based and service plans with birth families of foster children in care. Supervise family visits and utilize Visit Coaching and Trust Based Relational Intervention principles and practices to empower parents during their visit time. Interface with the foster parents on a supportive level in their care of the foster children attending the visit coaching program. Participate in programs that support family reunification services. Provide transportation to and from family visits as needed. Prepare progress reports and court documentation as needed. Monitor the progress of birth parents and foster children within the visit coaching program. Testify in court on behalf of the birth families’ progress within the visit coaching program. Working directly with The Salvation Army and County Staff in coordination of family visitation and other various appointments (i.e., therapies, placements and/or medical appointments) that are part of the family service plan.
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of two years experience in working with children in a school, social services or human services setting.
Strong engagement skills and organizational skills are a must.
Flexibility in scheduling work hours in order to meet the needs of the clients is a requirement of the position.
Child Protection Clearances PA Act 153 requires that all prospective employees complete the following clearance and background checks: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record/Fingerprint Check.
Candidate must have an understanding of and appreciation for the Mission of The Salvation Army, being active Salvationist is a plus.
Contact: Please send, fax or e-mail your resume along with a letter of introduction with salary requirements to:
Susan Burnside, MSW, Visitation Coordinator
The Salvation Army Children’s Services
2200 Hamilton Street, Suite 200
Allentown, PA 18104
No phone calls please.
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Prospective employees can apply online at http://careers.salvationarmy.org.
Updated by the Divisional Human Resources Department on 1/11/24.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.
Its message is based n the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.
Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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