• Northern New Jersey

Website Passaic County CASA for Children- Child Focus

Do you like to work with professionals and people from all walks of life? Do you have a passion for working with families involved in the child welfare system? Do you feel most comfortable in a group of people, collaborating to get to a better outcome? Are you a savvy facilitator and communicator? If so, this exciting opportunity might be a great fit!

New Jersey’s Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT)  is a program affiliated with Zero to Three, a national, evidence-based model for supporting children up to three years of age who are in foster care. The Safe Babies Court Team Community Facilitator is the lead staff person for the county site, within New Jersey’s SBCT. The SBCT Community Facilitator works with the local SBCT judge, court and family teams in each county to support local families. S/he facilitates meetings to direct site policy, engage with all stakeholders, and explain the program to local providers of services.

The SBCT Community Facilitator coordinates a caseload of families with children under the age of 3 involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency due to concerns about abuse and/or neglect. S/he works closely with the parents, supporting them in remaining engaged and keeping in contact with them and their service providers. The SBCT Community Facilitator maintains close, collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders, service providers, Division caseworker(s), resource parent(s), attorneys, and CASAs on each case.

The SBCT Community Facilitator helps the SBCT find creative solutions to navigate roadblocks of the child welfare system, liaising between birth parents, foster parents, court staff, service providers, and community members while seeking faster, lasting permanency and the best interests of children in foster care. The SBCT Community Facilitator is a neutral facilitator, who leads monthly Family Team Meetings incorporating all parties and works hand in hand directly with both professionals and caretakers.

Responsibilities

  • Work with judicial and child welfare leadership to implement recommendations of SBCT.
  • Provide emotional and logistical support for parents involved in SBCT.
  • Facilitate monthly family team meetings for each case, leading the team to identify and assign goals that will expedite case progress.
  • Track the progress of monthly team goals and assist in meeting those goals as needed.
  • Engage the parents and the parents’ supports in order to facilitate transparency, collaboration with child welfare agencies, and lasting permanency for children.
  • Develop a full understanding of the programs and services available in the local community. Ensure parents and the Division leadership are aware of the programs.
  • Build a strong collaborative relationship with other SBCT Community Facilitators  and State Leadership members to ensure consistency in implementing the SBCT™ approach across multiple NJ counties.
  • Distribute/disseminate materials developed by the project.
  • Enter details of all case contacts in SBCT database to document case progress.
  • Collect data and enter it into SBCT databases in a clear and timely manner. Respond to all data requests quickly.
  • Participate in weekly community of practice calls with SBCT Community Facilitators in other sites, weekly staff meetings, supervision and reflective supervision.
  • Prepare any progress reports or memos as required. Contribute to other reports as requested.
  • Participate in court hearings, take clear notes.

Skills & Experience

  • Working knowledge of family court functioning. Experience working with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency or in the court system a PLUS!
  • Knowledge of local community resources in their county including early childcare and education, health, mental health, child welfare, early intervention, substance abuse, MICA, and behavioral health.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group.
  • Deep knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect.
  • Knowledge of ACEs/trauma and its impact on family functioning.
  • Experience or education in infant/toddler social-emotional development or related field (psychology, social work, Early Intervention).
  • Experience working with adults with Substance Use Disorder and/or Mental Health concerns.
  • The ability to think on one’s feet and be creative is a must for this position.

Minimum 5-years relevant work experience.

Additional Preferred Skills and Experience

Knowledge of the impact of abuse and neglect on infant/toddler development.
Experience working with juvenile and family court judges.
Prior experience implementing parent education or support programs for adults with mental health challenges or developmental disabilities.
Living in Northern New Jersey is required

Essential Qualities

Friendly, open-minded personality.
Encourages and practices critical thinking.
Self-reflective and empathetic.
Collaborative and accepting approach towards professional relationships.
Supportive and respectful of coworkers and team members.
Always willing to grow and shape a career.
Never stop learning!

Education

Minimum undergraduate degree. Master’s degree preferred.
Extensive experience with local community resources and other aspects of the job, including lived experience with foster care, can substitute for an educational experience.

Compensation: $50,000-60,000
How to apply:

Benefits for all positions are as follows:

Retirement Plan with 3% organization-provided match (SIRA)
Paid Time Off (First year: 10 Vacation, 10 Sick & 15 Public Holidays, plus week off additional in holiday season)
Paid family leave (Maternity, Paternity, Adoption/Foster care)
Training & Development
QSEHRA Health Care Plan
Flexible schedule
Annaul professional development assistance
Eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness program
Cover letter required to be considered. Address to Executive Director.** Send complete resume and cover letter to Resumes@njsafebabies.org