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Family Support Specialist


We are currently seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Family Support Specialist for the Parent Aide program located in Lowell.

The Family Support Specialist will supervise visitation between parents and children removed from homes by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and provide transportation for children to and from their foster placements to prearranged locations within Massachusetts for parental visits, while ensuring children’s safety and adequate supervision. The Family Support Specialist will promote and support positive parenting.

Qualifications include:

  • Experience working with a social service delivery team.
  • Experience with providing services to culturally diverse communities and families/participants
  • Knowledge of personal and client safety obtained through related work and training is necessary.
  • Parenting experience or extensive knowledge of the parenting role and responsibilities.
  • Understanding of health, behavioral health and developmental issues within the family and sensitivity to the needs, interests and capacities of the parents as the primary caregivers.
  • Ability to work as a team member with other professionals; to address the cultural and ethnic diversity of families; and to understand and maintain confidentiality and boundaries.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with proof of adequate insurance coverage for work related travel to client homes and other locations.
  • Demonstrated maturity and self-awareness.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to navigate stairs in residences without elevator access.
  • Good communication, writing, editing and typing skills with attention to detail.
  • Good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and the use of the Virtual Gateway for Department of Children and Families reporting information.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Please reference job 9198. No phone calls please.

Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.

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