The PARENT MENTOR is responsible for providing prenatal and parenting support, education and case management through intensive, long-term home visitation services to first-time parents and at-risk families within Leduc County’s Home Visitation program with the goals of improving family functioning, promoting child health and development, and improving parent and child outcomes.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Promotes positive and healthy parenting, and supports the prevention of child abuse and neglect:
- Builds a trusting relationship with family members using a respectful, friendly, non-judgmental approach;
- Empowers and encourages parents in their parenting roles;
- Identifies and shows evidence of changes in skill levels of children and parents;
- Recognizes and promotes awareness of family strengths and achievements utilizing the Developmental parenting framework; and supports families to build on their strengths;
- Increases parental awareness in areas such as child development, basic child care, life skills, social skills, healthy functioning, and stress management;
- Works with parents to foster healthy bonding
- Enhances parent-child interaction and fosters child growth and development through role modeling.
2. Supports family functioning in areas such as social skill development, social supports, and use of community resources:
- Provides relevant and current information and referrals to community resources;
- Assists families in connecting with appropriate programs/agencies;
- Advocates for and with families where appropriate and necessary;
- Assists families to overcome barriers and stigma when necessary;
- Encourages and supports family involvement in community activities; and follows-up regarding family involvement in community activities.
3. Supports community development:
- Maintains contact and collaborates with Family Connections partners and referral service agencies; and
- Promotes Family Connections program within the service area.
4. Performs administrative duties:
- Maintains client files, statistics and case notes using department and organizational guidelines and tools;
- Ensures reflective supervision and intake/case conferences with Early Years and FASD Coordinator occur on a regular basis;
- Keeps accurate and up-to-date written records of plans, visits, observations, and evaluations;
- Provides information for reports to the Early Years and FASD Coordinator;
- Informs the Early Years and FASD Coordinator of any requests for changes to plans, concerns, issues regarding children, parents and/or community; and
- Assists the Early Years and FASD Coordinator as required.
- Attends all Home Visitation team and FCSS staff meetings.
5. Adheres to guidelines as set out in the Human Resource Policy Manual.
6. Participates in the County Health, Safety, and Wellness Program as required.
7. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
A diploma in the human services, early childhood development or social sciences discipline is required. Knowledge of child development and family dynamics, combined with experience working with families in a community-based setting is required. Strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills are required in order to establish therapeutic alliances with families on behalf of children.
The incumbent must be able to work with families in their own environment throughout the County. Flexibility to work on occasional evenings and weekends will be necessary. A valid Class 5 Alberta driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle is required.