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Family Visitation SpecialistJob ID 17568 Sioux City, Iowa
Business: Boys Town
In a career as a Family Visitation Specialist, you join a team that is changing the lives of youth and families every day. Drug and alcohol addiction, domestic abuse, adolescent defiance, and behavioral challenges are some of the issues that our team works to overcome as they strive to keep struggling families together. Your work here will not only be life-changing but lifesaving. The Family Visitation Specialist transports youth and supervises visits between youth and biological parents.
- Ensures the safety of the youth during transportation and during visitation with biological family.
- Transports youth in and around service area from a designated location to the place of the visit and back again understanding that being on time for every scheduled visit or transportation is crucial.
- Supervises the youth and their family members during scheduled visit times to ensure the safety of the children involved and that conversations are positive and appropriate.
- Observes and assesses behaviors of all parties and guides or redirects as needed to assist in the process of constructing a successful visit.
- Maintains and organizes documentation of each supervised visit and transportation and turns in reports within established timelines. Communicates as needed with the appropriate staff on various issues that arise with each case.
- Develops a working relationship with the youth and family members to build trust which is crucial in the process of teaching and modeling parenting skills to the parents and in assisting them with interacting constructively with their children.
- Discerns the proper time to step in and intervene when redirection is required as a result of any violations of behavior or situations in the visitation plan in which the youth and family members are faced with conflict resolution.
- Responds on short notice situations occasionally to substitute for a supervised visit, to fulfill urgent requests for new visits, or to transport children from one place to the other.
- High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor's degree in a human services field is preferred, but not required. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
- Minimum of 1 year of full-time experience in human services; or an associate of arts degree in human services or related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum of six months of full-time experience in human services; or a bachelor degree in human services or a related field from an accredited four-year college.
- Must possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record, plus the ability to provide own transportation (mileage reimbursed) to complete travel requirements of the job. Must meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check.
- This position is on-call (continuously or rotationally) to provide support.
About Boys Town Iowa:
Since opening in 1989, Boys Town Iowa has focused on meeting the needs of youth and families through a variety of programs and services. We have continued to expand our services, and now serve more than 1,100 families and 2,200 children in Iowa each year. Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.
About Boys Town:
A National Historic Landmark since 1985, the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues. When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed.
Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.
Date Posted: July 21, 2021
This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.