Family & Child Worker – Delta Family Resource Centre

Delta Family Resource Centre (Delta) is a non-profit community organization which envisions a healthy and empowered community where families and children thrive. A multi-ethnic, multi-site organization committed to enhancing the potential of families and children by supporting and addressing identified needs, Delta is situated in diverse communities and provides a wide range of programs, services and activities that enhance individual skills and promotes well-being and healthy communities. Known for strength in outreach, connecting, and collaborating with individuals, groups and organizations to ensure that the residents have access to wanted and needed services and programs, Delta is committed to meaningful community development.

Delta Family is currently accepting applications for a Child & Family Worker (FCW) for our new partnership with Journey to Zero (Toronto Children’s Aid Society). This program focuses on African Caribbean Black Canadian children/youth and their families in contact with CAS Toronto. The FCW will work in the Toronto area and will engage families involved with the child welfare system and work collaboratively with the child/youth and family to develop and strengthen their network to maximize the family well-being and the social functioning of the children. FCW will work collaboratively with the child welfare service team in the delivery of service. In addition, the FCW will work collaboratively with other community agencies providing service through Journey to Zero.

Key Responsibilities:

• Assesses family, child/youth and current support network strengths and needs and assists the family to expand the network where appropriate

• Create a plan to respond to risk, safety and well-being • Support child/youth, family and network to review, maintain, and secure plan

• Engages with children/youth and families and develops and maintains a supportive and empowering relationship founded on trust, mutual respect and the strengths of the family

• Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with an understanding of the complexities of family life, group dynamics and family systems

• Work within the framework of Delta Family’s mission, vision, values and policies

• Implements Intensive Family Network Building with the Black Community model with child/youth and family. Partners with child welfare team in providing support to children/youth and their families where children/youth have recently entered care or are imminently likely to enter care

• Responding promptly to families in crisis

• Ability to apply anti-oppressive and anti-Black racism lens to this work with the Black families

• Collaboratively develops goals and a plan with child(ren)/youth, families and their network in conjunction with child welfare worker

• Liaises with, consults, and collaborates with other service providers and makes appropriate use of community resources, acts as an advocate and broker when needed

• Works within the following environments: home, community

• Follows program guidelines including the writing of reports, record keeping and data collection

• Carries out end of service planning with families to ensure longer term supports as needed

• Actively participates and makes use of on-going clinical supervision

• Supports parents in becoming involved with local community services and networks and building on parental strengths

• Support children and youth, respecting their voice in planning. Requirements:

• BSW / MSW, Social Services Worker Diploma, Child and Youth Worker Diploma or any other related Degree or Diploma deemed appropriate for the specific job

• Minimum of 3 years recent experience in delivering children’s and parents groups in racialized communities

• Minimum 1-year Case management experience Membership (or in the process of obtaining Membership) with the Ontario College of Social Workers or Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care

• Understands the need for culturally appropriate models (Intensive Family Network Builders with Black Community and SesaWo Suban) for effective work in the African, Caribbean Black Canadian community

• Have lived experience of the issues faced by the African, Caribbean, Black Canadian community Experience in navigating various relevant systems (education, child welfare system, etc.)

• Understanding of anti-oppression practices and barriers faced by racialized families

• Ability to provide assessment, referral, counseling, network building and follow up services to clients

• Excellent communication skills- written skills for the completion of documents, reports and case notes – verbal skills for communication on a one-to-one basis with clients

• Ability to take direction and to work within the policies, procedures, inter-agency protocols and the philosophy of Journey to Zero and Delta Family Resource Centre

• Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act is an asset

• Must be able to effectively outreach to the community

• Must be able to work flexible hours

• The ability to speak other relevant languages is an asset

• Standard First Aid & Vulnerable Sector Check Certificates are required

COMPENSATION: $47, 434 per annum APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: April 2, 2021 @ 300p.m. Delta is an equal opportunity employer Forward your resume quoting position title to Hiring Committee Delta Family Resource Centre Email: hiring@dfrc.ca Delta thanks all applicants; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Internal candidates will be considered before external applicants are interviewed.