The Parent Support Program is designed to educate and support families of juvenile probationers and juvenile detainees. The program seeks to decrease the family s reliance on law enforcement consequences by referring families to services that can help keep their young person safe and in the community. Families of detainees will be supported in maintaining and strengthening relationships with their loved-ones in detention and preparing for the transition home. The Parent Coach provides peer mentorship, guidance, and referral services for parents and families. S/He will work with probation officers and case managers to engage families in service planning for their child, with the goal of increasing family engagement at all levels of the probation process. Reports to: PROGRAM DIRECTOR, BROOKLYN LIFE Location: 330 Jay Street, Brooklyn 11201- Brooklyn Family Court/17 Bristol Street, Brooklyn, 11208 -Crossroads Secure Facility Hours: 35 Hours/Week, Non-Exempt- varying schedule options between 9am and 8:30pm, Shifts. At least two later shifts per week and one weekend day. Major Duties of the Parent Coach Family Court: Meets with parents and youth who require assistance navigating various systems (e.g. mental health, Department of Education, community-based service providers) initially at the DOP Brooklyn Family Court office location. Participates in client s Department of Probation (DOP) Individual Action Plan (IAP), based on discussion with families in need of assistance. Works closely with the DOP Branch Directors, Supervising Probation Officers (SPO), Probation Officers (PO), and Customized Assistance Unit staff to help DOP identify general trends in the needs of parents/caregivers being served and assist parents/caregivers as appropriate. Provides support to parents/caregivers during Probation weekday business hours (9am-5pm), including attending court appearances with youth s family to offer support and ensure that the parent/caregiver understands what transpired in court. Provides/Co-facilitates, with DOP staff, group-based parent support services, such as evening information sessions and parent support group sessions. Coordinates provision of group-based family support sessions, co-facilitated by DOP staff and parent coaches at DOP s Brooklyn Family Court office. Provides a schedule of sessions/activities to the DOP office liaison. Major Duties of the Parent Coach Crossroads: Greet and welcome parents and families at all visiting days/hours in order to promote positive experiences when visiting their loved one. Host a monthly support group for caregivers of detainees. Assist parents/caregivers in preparing for the youth s return home, including helping to identify school and support resources. Provide surrogate visits to detainees when families are not able to visit. Organize and host periodic celebrations and special gatherings that promote family unity. General Duties of the Parent Coach: Encourages parents/caregivers to actively participate in the case planning throughout the youth s delinquency case. Performs other duties as assigned. Meets regularly with relevant DOP/DFYJ staff. Provides information about viable neighborhood-based resources to ensure that youth, parent, and family needs are adequately addressed. Engages the parent/caregiver to listen to the concerns that place their young person at risk of continued involvement in the justice system. Parent Coach Qualifications: High school Diploma/ GED required. Bachelor s degree preferred. Minimum of one year s experience in child welfare or related systems desirable. Good basic knowledge of resources for families in Brooklyn. Personal experience with the probation system and/or juvenile justice system preferred. Ability to relate to a wide variety of program participants and staff. Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference General Requirements: All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness and ability to work within a culturally diverse environment. Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. 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