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The Home for Little Wanderers Family Network Advocate - Family Respite Program (Sign-on bonus eligible) in Roslindale, Massachusetts


This position is eligible for an up to $3,000 sign-on bonus!

When you join The Home for Little Wanderers, you join a team of professionals dedicated to creating better, brighter futures for kids.

For over 200 years, The Home for Little Wanderers has helped build stable lives and hopeful tomorrows for vulnerable children and their families. Our 25+ community-based and residential programs serve thousands of at-risk youths from birth to age 26. Many of these children have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma, or a disrupted family life. As the oldest child welfare agency in America, we provide them with safe surroundings, permanent loving relationships, and a secure path toward a better, brighter future.

To learn more about the incredible impact our employees have on the lives of children and families, click here:

About the Program

In partnership with Program Leadership, startup innovative, new, 2-year grant funded, Connected Families Respite Program for families in the Boston area in need of expanding natural support networks to strengthen ongoing parenting of their children with high social emotional needs. Overall programming will include Caregiver Network Facilitator services, in-home and community-based respite provided by trained program staff to one youth or small groups of youth at a time; coordinated parent & youth groups offered to families out of HLW’s Roslindale location on the weekends; with the possibility of coordinating structured overnight family camp experiences at HLW’s New Hampshire Camp Wediko site.

How You Will Be Making a Difference

  • Become trained as a Caregiver Network Facilitators (CNF) through HLW’s Community-Based Permanency training with a focus on gaining skills to aid families in expanding and strengthening their natural social networks in both quality and quantity of supports.

  • Provide counseling and therapeutic support to clients .

  • Provide individual support or therapeutic groups to families to address a variety of issues which may include, family communication, parenting skills, substance abuse, domestic violence, self abusive behavior and past trauma.

  • Coordinate appropriate resources and services for clients and families. Act as an advocate for the client.

  • Administer written assessments, summary reports, documentation, and safety planning to appropriate parties in a timely, well written manner. Submit reports and documentation in a timely manner. Ensure that documentation meets utilization review and quality assurance standards.

  • Continuously communicate with client collaterals and providers of supportive services. This may include extensive telephone contact and scheduling and attending case conference meetings. Facilitate communication between various providers.

  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide quality services.

  • Attend staff meetings. Present client material, consult with supervisor and team members on challenging and difficult client issues. Participate in regular individual and group supervision. Attend clinical training and safety practice training.

  • May be required to carry a mobile device

  • Depending on the program, may be required to meet certain billing requirements on a weekly basis

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree required in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, or Psychology (varies by program)

  • Experience with behavior management systems, treatment planning, crisis intervention, case management and providing individual, group and/or family therapy

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of Department Children and Families, Department of Mental Health and other local child and family advocate agencies.

  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer with the ability to learn new software applications

Valuing Diversity

We are committed to excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously creating a culture that supports those values. We believe the differences we bring enhance our ability to provide exceptional service and care to diverse children, families, and communities. Moreover, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging align with our values and our mission to help vulnerable children and their families build permanent, positive change.

What The Home Can Offer You

In addition to the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of the youth we serve, The Home for Little Wanderers offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Generous time off including up to 20 days per year for new full-time employees, plus 11 holidays, 5 sick days, and 2 personal days

  • Health and Dental Insurance that is effective immediately upon hire

  • Extensive training to new staff

  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $2,400 per fiscal year

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer match

  • Employer paid Long-term and Short-term Disability Insurance, plus Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

  • And more!

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)