Family Reunification Worker
Division CatholicCharitiesWestMichigan
Location Jefferson
Date Posted 10/31/2019
Job Code REQ000040
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Job Details

Would you like 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:

This position provides intensive family preservation case management services with families working as a part of a team coordinating case management services with the program team leader and the referring worker and other service providers. Services take place in the family home.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Family Reunification Program (FRP) staff and the referring worker in developing service plans with families.
  • Provides case management and supportive services to the family, coordinating services with other providers as they relate to the goals of the service plan.
  • Participates in the planning, provision and leadership of educational and recreational activities for families and parenting skills training.
  • Support implementation of treatment plan, goals and activates.
  • Engage in support activities that assist the family in goal achievement as it relates to the therapeutic intervention sessions and/or treatment plan
  • Supportive activities and skill-based interventions should initially be a minimum of 2.5 hour per week per family
  • Supportive activities and skill-based interventions should be increased to a minimum of 5 hours per week per family for the two-weeks following the return of the child to the home.
  • Meets contract expectations for number of families served based on county contracts.
  • Provide each family with contact required face to face contact.
  • Provides oral or written testimony to the court, in lieu of or with the Team Leader as required.
  • Communicate on action steps toward goal achievement with the Team Leader based on information obtained from sessions with the family.
  • Provide resources, transportation, and ideas for community linkages based on content of sessions with the family and outcomes of assessments and screens.
  • Together with the Team Leader, work as a team to engage in activities with the family that assist toward goal achievement within the treatment plan described in the Initial Service Plan.
  • Together with the Team Leader, document the use of solution-focused interviewing techniques and positive, empowering, strength-based language in communications with the family and each other.
  • Together with the Team Leader, clean, paint, relocate, or assist a family in any means necessary during or after a crisis.
  • Together with the Team Leader, teach skills to family members, as needed, throughout the FRP intervention (i.e. develop chore charts, daily routine plans, and strategies of family activities).
  • Together with the Team Leader, teach and model and document Infant Safe Sleep teaching and practices for all families with an infant aged less than one year.
  • Together with the Team Leader, ensure an Early On referral has been made for all families with a child aged less than three years. Referrals must be documented in writing.
  • Contact the referring worker no less than thirty days prior to termination to explore case closure.
  • Participates in regular supervisory sessions, case reviews, team meetings and other meetings.
  • Completes training as required by the contract or the Agency.
  • Meets the goals and objectives of the program, Agency and contract requirements related to the position with FRP staff.
  • Completes contract and Agency required documentation.
  • Completes contract required follow ups after case closure.
  • Works a flexible schedule meeting clients during times that meet their needs including evenings and weekends and participate in handling 24-hour on-call in the program.
  • Understands the FRP philosophy and intervention strategies.
  • Participation and completion as required in initial and ongoing Family Reunification Program and Family Preservation training.
  • Performs other special assignments at supervisor’s request.

Employment Qualifications:


Bachelor Degree in the field of human services, preferably in social work is required.


A minimum of one to three years of experience in Child Welfare or in-home service work with families. Previous experience working with multi-problem children and families.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide services appropriate to families and children 0-18.
  • Knowledge and skills in the area of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of the Family Reunification Program philosophy and intervention strategies.
  • Ability to have a non-judgmental positive attitude toward families in crisis.
  • Ability to empowering families to solve their own problems.
  • Ability to work in partnership with other team members and/or service providers.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences present in the Agency’s service population.
  • Ability to forge a mutually respectful partnership with individuals and families in which they are helped to gain skills and confidence to address issues and problems.
  • Ability to relate to and engage with children and families with multi-problem issues.
  • Knowledge of treatment philosophies and strategies of home based services, including strength based, solution focused approaches.
  • Skills in crisis intervention, assessment of potentially violent situations and short term goal setting.
  • Reliable transportation, in good working order, is necessary.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with no restrictions, and insurance as required by law and Agency.
  • 24/7 availability for on-call and flexible work schedule is necessary.
  • Participation is required in initial and ongoing training provided by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Family Preservation staff or DHHS coordinated trainers.
  • Must submit to Agency approved background checks.

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