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Family Advocate

at Waldo Community Action Partners in Belfast, Maine, United States

Job Description

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) is seeking two Family Advocates! One position will cover Unity and Liberty sites, the other position will cover Monroe and Winterport sites.  Please indicate site preference when applying for the position.

WCAP is a charitable, educational, 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization. It is designed to utilize and mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents in the alleviation of poverty and address its underlying causes.

WCAP's Early Childhood Program serves children and families in Waldo County - working with children ages birth to five years old, as well as pregnant mothers. For more information about the Early Childhood Program, please visit https://waldocap.org/

The Family Advocate engages Head Start families in goal setting, acquiring resources, social networking, training, transitions and participation in Head Start program activities and services. Supports Head Start collaborative programs to maintain and maximize the Head Start experience for all Head Start families.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Supporting Families:
1. Assists with and maintains Head Start recruitment and full enrollment for all program options.
2. Conducts home visits as indicated in the WCAP program plans, engaging each family assigned to a caseload.
3. Supports families to establish and achieve their personal, family-driven goals through the Individual Family Partnership Agreement (IFPA) process.
4. Assess families’ strengths and needs in order to support families in personal family-driven goal achievement.
5. Assess families progress in alignment with the Parent Family and Community Engagement Framework.
6. Acts as a referral and resource agent for all Head Start families.
7. Supports and educates families through all transitions including case conferences and reviews.
8. Supports Head Start family members engagement in activities such as:
a. Local Parent/Family Group Committees
b. Head Start Policy Council
c. Training opportunities
9. Encourages ongoing communication and engagement with all families through regular contacts, newsletters, etc.
10. Documents all contacts with families as required in each child’s file.
11. Supports families in achieving all Head Start Performance Standard requirements (developmental screenings, meeting health needs, obtaining health documentation, achieving 85% attendance, etc.).
12. Individualize for families based on needs.
13. Maintain a strong relationship with all families on caseload including follow-up throughout the year with family on goal achievement, resources given, etc.
14. Attends monthly resource connection meetings.

Supporting Volunteerism:
1. Promotes and facilitates family and community volunteer participation including volunteer education and recruitment.
2. Assists volunteers with keeping completing accurate documentation of volunteer paperwork requirements.
3. Monitors and assists with the timely completion of weekly in-kind volunteer timesheets Aggregate, co-authorize and submit classroom in-kind sheets to the Head Start main office weekly.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance:
1. Updates and maintains all Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment & Attendance requirements. 
2. Ensures ongoing attendance of all families on caseload through daily attendance tracking and monitoring and follow-up with families who do not attend to ensure 85% or better attendance. Supports families through this process to understand the importance of attendance.
3. Assembles and maintains all paper files according to the Head Start Child File Index and Childplus database.
4. Enters and maintains required program and services data in the programs database.
5. Participates in monthly case conferencing and team/staff meetings.
6. Reports all suspected cases of child/adult abuse and neglect to the Department of Health & Human Services and Head Start administration as required by law and WCAP policy
7. Assists with annual program Self-Assessment.
8. Generates reports and data as requested.

Work is performed in a business office setting, in Head Start Centers, out in the community, and in family homes, in a wide range of conditions. Noise level ranges from quiet to loud. Exposure to body secretions/fluids and blood borne pathogens. 

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Job Posting: 769653

Posted On: Jun 17, 2022

Updated On: Jul 17, 2022