A Family Advocate assists families by promoting and protecting the best interests of minor/dependent children in a parental rights and responsibilities dispute. A Family Advocate evaluates the family’s circumstances and then makes a recommendation to the court with regards to care, contact and guardianship.
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Family Advocate Job Description Template
We are seeking a Family Advocate who is passionate about achieving positive child and family outcomes through high-quality engagement. Family Advocates are expected to be qualified, motivated and well-equipped professionals that want to provide child-focused mediation between parents who wish to exercise or acquire parental rights and responsibilities.
A Family Advocate will ensure that a trusting and collaborative process is implemented in each family with specific focus on the best interest of the child. Top candidates will recognize and identify each family’s risk and protective factors, respect the diverse cultures and values of each family, and establish professional roles and boundaries while working with families.
Family Advocate Responsibilities:
- Mediate disputes by parents over responsibilities and rights of the child.
- Place or register parenting plans.
- Provide legal information regarding the responsibilities and rights of the parents.
- Facilitate and Monitor the agreement reached that will be in the best interest of the child.
- Provide the courts with reports in litigation matters.
- Provide recommendations to the court on how parents can care for the child under the circumstances.
- Develop, implement and monitor a program specific to each family and their circumstance.
- Maintain an accurate and complete documentation of services to families.
Family Advocate Requirements:
- Bachelors degree in Social Services, Social Work, Sociology or related field (essential).
- 2 years of experience in social work or a similar environment (essential).
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Superb dispute and conflict resolution skills.
- Solid organizational and IT skills.
- Experience working with culturally diverse families, communities and staff.
- Ability to understand, formulate and implement a viable plan of action for each family.