Families First Worker
Division CatholicCharitiesWestMichigan
Location Ludington
Date Posted 10/31/2019
Job Code REQ000037
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Job Details

Do you want to work with a supportive, diverse, and talented work family while helping others in your community? Catholic Charities West Michigan is a sincere place with genuine people who care about your success. The Agency serves 11 counties of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, offering a variety of program services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach. All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed.

We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages along with a family friendly environment. Our agency encourages persons of diverse faiths and backgrounds to apply for employment.

Position Summary:

The Families First of Michigan (FFM) worker is responsible for adhering to the Families First of Michigan philosophy, values and beliefs, and contract requirements. Families First of Michigan keeps families together and safe by providing intensive therapeutic interventions to resolve major problems and assist families in learning to adequately care for their children. The FFM Program provides 4-6 weeks of services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains caseload and provides families with Agency required face-to-face service by driving to client homes and conducting in-home visits.
  • Completes required paperwork in a timely fashion and maintains thorough and up-to-date records as required by the FFM Program manual and contract.
  • Attends mandatory training as outlined in the FFM contract.
  • Works collaboratively with other service providers involved with the family.
  • Assesses family's strengths, needs, and current level of functioning.
  • Provides court reporting/testimony, as needed.
  • Provides 24-hours a day, 7 days a week availability to clients.
  • Maintains consistent and regular contact with referring worker and FFM Supervisor.
  • Complete follow-up evaluations as required.
  • Develops treatment plan, goals, and activities, in coordination with the Referring Worker and family.
  • Engages in support activities, assisting the family in goal achievement as it relates to the treatment plan.
  • Documents cases using positive, empowering, strength-based language, and behaviorally-specific language in communications with the family and each other.
  • Provides a wide range of goal-directed services to the client's family.

Employment Qualifications:


  • A Bachelor’s Degree (B.A) in the field of Human Services or related is required, preferable in social work from a four year college or university.
  • Participation is required in initial and ongoing training provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Family Preservation staff or DHS-coordinated trainers.


A Minimum of one to three years of related experience working with multi-problem children and families and the overall ability to relate to and engage with these families is vital.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:**

None required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of the FFM philosophy, knowledge of family and individual theories; treatment (intervention and technique) philosophies and strategies of home-based services.
  • Knowledge of family and individual theories.
  • Knowledge of treatment (intervention and technique) philosophies and strategies of home-based services, including a strength-based approach.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention methodology, violent situation assessments, and short-term goal setting.
  • Must have a non-judgmental positive attitude toward families in crisis.
  • Must have a commitment to empowering families to solve their own problems.
  • Must be able to work in a partnership with other team members and/or service providers.
  • Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide services appropriate to families and children 0-18.
  • Must have knowledge and skills in the area of substance abuse and domestic violence.
  • Assessing risk and assisting families in developing a behaviorally-specific individual and/or family safety plan.
  • Assess and teach appropriate parenting skills.
  • Provide family, individual and/or marital counseling.
  • Assist the family in meeting medical needs such as arranging for substance abuse treatment for family members and assisting in making available follow-up support resources when treatment is completed.
  • Teach and model behavior with the family housekeeping, homemaking, and other organizational skills needed to provide a positive environment. This shall include modeling needed behavior.
  • Referring and linking the family with needed concrete services, such as assisting family in obtaining needed furniture, beds, etc.
  • Assessing and teaching budgeting skills and behavior contracting.
  • Referring and linking the family with follow-up services when needed.
  • Assisting the family in accessing transportation and/or transporting the family.
  • Advocating for the family with utility providers, schools, landlords, etc.
  • Teach and model Infant Safe Sleep practices for all families with an infant aged less than one year.
  • Ensure an Early on referral has been made for all families with a child aged less than three years.
  • This position requires reliable transportation.
  • A valid Michigan driver’s license, good driving record, and personal auto insurance as required by law as driving is an essential job function.
  • Must submit to Agency required background checks.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.

Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.

Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life