Kaleidoscope Inc., a non-profit, child welfare organization located in Chicago, Illinois is looking to fill the position of Stabilization Coordinator.
Founded in 1973, our mission today is to empower children, youth and families impacted by abuse and neglect to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships. Our vision is that all children and youth have the opportunity to enjoy safe and healthy lives nurtured by responsive adults.
At Kaleidoscope, we stake our reputation on providing the highest quality child welfare services to children, youth and families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. The work we do is both challenging and rewarding. To accomplish this high level of success, we place the utmost value on our employees and seek to provide them with opportunities for professional growth through supportive supervision, ongoing attachment and trauma-informed clinical training, small caseload ratios, flexible work schedules, competitive pay and excellent benefits.
The Stabilization Coordinator is responsible for working with assigned foster care placement agencies in order to help stabilize youth who have psychiatric needs (recent placement in a psychiatric hospital for care). The Stabilization Coordinator facilitates the child and family team meeting process, in order to improve assessment, engagement, and planning for children and their families. The Stabilization Coordinator aims to improve delivery of services by identifying barriers to optimal and timely care.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Demonstrates agency clinical philosophy in all aspects of program activities.
• Promptly responds to referrals by reviewing referral information and facilitating initial meetings with assigned agencies to assess current and future needs of youth, families and assigned agencies.
• Coordinates initial child and family team meetings within 30 days of referrals. Works with lead agencies to coordinate subsequent child and family team meetings, as needed.
• Facilitates consistent and ongoing communication with assigned agencies to identify family and child needs and system barriers.
• Provides training and support to the caregivers on trauma, addressing trauma behavioral symptoms and the promotion of healthy and secure attachments.
• Collaborates with child and family teams to develop, review and modify personalized action plans, outlining objectives for children, caregivers, assigned agencies, and other collaterals as needed.
• Ensures documentation of all admission, ongoing and closing activities in a timely manner using approved forms, including, but not limited to CANS.
• Consults regularly with supervisor, DCFS liaison, and other service entities to ensure mental health, permanency, safety and wellbeing needs of youth and families are being met.
• Collects and reports case-specific and program summary outcome data, in collaboration with the agency’s PQI department.
• Demonstrates a working knowledge of Enhanced IPS Pilot Program requirements, COA accreditation standards and related DCFS policies and procedures.
• Completes other duties as assigned by the IPS Team Supervisor.