Family Reunification Team Leader
Division CatholicCharitiesWestMichigan
Location Benton Harbor
Date Posted 11/13/2019
Job Code REQ000065
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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 family preservation therapeutic services with families working as a part of a team coordinating case management services with the Program Family worker and the referring worker and other service providers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides in-home, strength based and solution focused counseling and educational services to parents and/or children who are in the process of being reunited or have been reunited after the children have been in out of home placement.
  • Provides overall plan coordination.
  • Provides leadership for the Family Reunification Program (FRP team in developing service plans with families in collaboration with the referring worker.
  • Coordinates of services with the referring worker and other community providers.
  • Provides leadership for the planning and provision of educational workshops, parent training, and family recreational activities.
  • Provide professional therapeutic intervention sessions specific to the family’s needs a minimum of 1.5 hours per week per family. Provide therapeutic intervention when children are returned a minimum of 3 hours per week per family for the two weeks following the return of the child(ren).
  • Conduct trauma screenings for all children in the family as indicated and refer family to appropriate services.
  • Meets contract expectations for the number of families served based on county contracts and provides each family with required face time weekly as required by the contract or the Agency.
  • Participates in regular supervisory sessions, case reviews, team meetings and other meetings as required and trainings as required by the contract or the Agency.
  • Provides oral or written testimony to the court, as required.
  • Develops an emergency/safety plan with each family.
  • Completes documentation in a way that meets the expectations for content and timeliness as required by the contract and the Agency as well as complete follow ups.
  • Responsible for all service delivery reports.
  • Develop treatment plan, goals, and activities in coordination with Family Worker and family.
  • Conduct therapeutic interventions with the family.
  • Conduct individual therapeutic sessions with family members.
  • Share resulting action steps from both family and individual sessions with the Family Worker for follow up.
  • Conference with the Family Worker on content of sessions with the family, if Family Worker not present.
  • Support family by providing transportation, resources, and community linkages for therapeutic, concrete or family needs, outcomes of assessments and screens.
  • Coordinates services with the Family Reunification Family Worker.
  • Participation and completion as required in initial and ongoing Family Reunification Program and Family Preservation training.
  • 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.
  • Performs other special assignments at supervisor’s request.

Employment Qualifications:


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


  • A minimum of one year of in-home, clinical work experience in a child welfare program.
  • Possess knowledge and experience in working in family and child services.
  • Background should include experience in working with multi-problem children and families and an understanding of the FRP philosophy and intervention strategies.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of the Family Reunification Program philosophy and intervention strategies.
  • Ability to work with and engage with multi-problem children and families.
  • 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.
  • Must have a non-judgmental positive attitude toward families in crisis
  • Must have the conviction about an individual’s / family’s capacity to change and grow
  • Must have an acceptance of individual differences.
  • Knowledge of treatment philosophies and strategies of home based services, including strength based, solution focused approaches.
  • Must have knowledge and skills in the area of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
  • Must have 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 and availability to families during non-traditional hours.
  • Participation is required in initial and ongoing training provided by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Family. Preservation staff or DHS coordinated trainers.
  • Must be willing to work irregular hours including evenings, holidays, and weekends.
  • 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