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Family Advocate

The Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) unites public, private and community partners to promote safety, healing and justice for child victims and their families.
The CAC works closely with an array of agencies to coordinate high quality investigations and assessments of alleged abuse; provide support to children and families; offer specialized training for diverse range of professionals; and to prevent child abuse in our community.

The CAC seeks a master's level Family Advocate to support children and non-offending caregivers in cases of alleged child sexual abuse, physical abuse and exposure to violence.
Candidates will receive training to provide the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) an evidence‐based early intervention for children 7 to 18 years old that reduces traumatic stress reactions and the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establish a supportive relationship with non-offending caregivers by initiating and maintaining regular contact (often beginning with a visit to the CAC);
  • Contribute to the Multidisciplinary Team by assisting the non-offending caregiver as a support, liaison and advocate before, during, and after team meetings;
  • Assist caregivers in identifying mechanisms to best support the child and other non-offending family members;
  • Assist non-offending caregivers with referrals and access to mental health, housing, safety planning, medical and legal services, as appropriate;
  • Provide trauma symptom assessment and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers;
  • Coordinate with both on-site and off-site partners to facilitate access to needed services;
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with all multidisciplinary team members and others, as needed, to ensure a coordinated response to each family's needs and to support maximum utilization of services;
  • Attends all staff meetings, case reviews, in-service training and other meetings, as required;
  • Provides evening and weekend hours, as may be required.
  • Other duties, as required.

Requirements/Qualifications

Master's degree in psychology, social work, or counseling required. 
Professional licensure strongly preferred.
Working knowledge of dynamics of child abuse and neglect, parent-child dynamics and child development essential.
Resourcefulness and working knowledge of MA Department of Children and Families, criminal justice response to child abuse, CAC and MDT model, and familiarity with Suffolk County social service, medical, mental health, domestic violence, civil legal and community services/agencies helpful.
Strong, effective verbal and written communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Salary 

$40,000 -$45,000

How to Apply

Cover letter and resume required.
Accepting applications until June 12, 2015.
www.suffolkcac.org