Family Resource Advocate
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Springfield, IL 62703
SUMMARY: The Family Resource Advocate provides supportive services to families at the site level by forming partnerships with families and by linking them with Head Start Coordinators and community resources that will help them attain family goals. These services include the facilitation of health requirements for enrolled children.
Establishes a relationship of trust with Head Start children and families
Assists with recruitment and enrollment of eligible children within assigned areas
Works with parents and caregivers, providing information and supportive services as needed. This includes conducting a Family Assessment with each enrolled family and negotiating/implementing an Individualized Family Partnership Agreement with them, as well as quarterly meetings with those families who have selected to receive ongoing services. This includes completing required contacts and paperwork for the services provided to each assigned family.
Facilitates families’ engagement and participation with program management staff (as appropriate); extends family communications, referrals and supportive services in a given Coordinator’s area
Links families with community agencies; models for and teaches parents and caregivers how to advocate for their own children
Works closely with teaching staff to coordinate home visits (when agreed upon by both parties), share pertinent information, collaborate on family concerns, and provide united support to families
Attends staff meetings, training sessions, Family Committee Meetings and Community Service Provider Meetings as recommended by the Family Resource Development Coordinator
Prepares and submits records and reports on a timely basis per Work Plan Guidelines
Makes appropriate referrals for families and children and follows up on referrals to determine if services were received and needs were met
Per the Attendance Document Procedures, provides follow-up on children with attendance issues by making contact with families in a timely manner, per direction of the Site Manager
Provides crisis intervention services to Head Start families within the scope of the agency’s resources
Distributes information regarding adult education, employment, male involvement, and family involvement to Head Start families
Distributes health education information to classroom staff and parents and forwards incoming health-related records and information to the site’s Data Clerk
Offers updates regarding local social service and health service-related resources for families
Assists with ongoing health screenings held at each Site or in the community as arranged by the Health Services Staff.
Submits records of children’s illnesses and health needs as identified in the assigned classrooms and assures that proper follow-up action is taken in consultation with the parent and/or a health professional
Works with Data Clerk to maintain records required in the children’s site files
Provides assistance and support in health emergencies at the site and provides follow-up, as appropriate
Consults with staff on child abuse and neglect issues and fulfills mandated reporter duties per State of Illinois laws
Maintains confidentiality and professionalism at all times
Employee will comply with the policies and procedures for bus monitoring. Bus monitoring services will consist of (but not limited to) securing all children in seatbelts, taking attendance, securing authorized signatures when releasing the child from the bus. Employee will also maintain control and ensure the safety of the children on the bus at all times.
Performs other duties as assigned, with consideration given to the priority of
direct services to families