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Vision House

Children's Advocate

Vision House
WA, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 05/01/2008
Categories: Social Services
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Vision House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Christian transitional housing program for homeless single mothers and their children, and for homeless single men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Current position is for a Child Advocate for our mothers and childrens program. The advocate is responsible for planning and implementing the support and advocacy services for the children within the transitional housing environment.



The Childrens Advocate will screen and assess the needs of resident children and then provide a plan of action, advocacy and support services.
Conducts an orientation for all new resident children and their parent. The orientation will include a walking tour of the facilities, an overview of appropriate program rules and appropriate community resources.
Plans the children programs and schedules.
Maintains handbooks for children program policies and procedures, resources, orientations, volunteers and others as needed.
Provides and maintains policies and protocol for school enrollment of resident children. This will include meeting and have ongoing communication with appropriate staff at schools that the resident children attend.
Solicits, gathers and/or organizes material for children's programs (i.e. toys, games, arts and crafts, educational supplies, books, tapes and videos).
Provides therapeutic child care and respite care for the mothers during on-site counseling and other times if appropriate.
Assists in the recruitment, training and support of volunteers who serve
in the children's program for mentoring, tutoring, Bible Studies, field trips, activities and child care.
Coordinates community-provided child care and out of school activities.
Be available for support of the children including conflict resolution and if needed conduct children's support groups.
Facilitates parenting support group or individual in-home parenting education and consultations.
Assists in preparation of statistics, evaluations and other program data.
Coordinates the Childrens Holiday Program and assists with community education efforts.
Attends weekly Program Staffing and gives a brief update on childrens activities and/or needs.
Conducts monthly in-home visits with children and documents visit.
Attends monthly staff meetings.
Reports to Case Manager any observed or second-hand information regarding resident rule violations.
Reports abuse/neglect to Child Protective Services and the Program Manager.
Maintains confidentiality of resident families concerns/issues from other resident families and volunteers.
Meet with Program Manager on a weekly basis to discuss duties and responsibilities.
Other duties as assigned.

BA in education or human services, A.A. degree may be combined with exceptional experience.
Experience working with children who are at risk and in crisis.
Experience working with diverse and/or special needs population and knowledge of homelessness, domestic violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and the effects on children.
Valid Washington State Driver's License and reliable transportation.
Ability to work collaboratively with staff in a participatory environment and engage in organizational growth.
CPR and First Aid Certification within 60 days of hire date.
AIDS/HIV Certification within 60 days of hire date.
Must be able to lift and move 35 pounds.
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule depending on program needs.
Evenings and/or weekend work required.