TPSN Program Coordinator acts as a liaison to agencies servicing pregnant/parenting youth. This position requires a strong emphasis on relationship building and networking with DCFS, case management agencies, specialty providers, and community resources. It is also the primary Network connection to external committees and work groups. Through this position, many recommendations and linkages are made that improve the quality of work and service delivery to our youth and their children. This position recommends and monitors services, coordinates and participates in complex clinical staffings; and ensures proper implementation of appropriate interventions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiate, build and maintain relationships with DCFS monitors.
Attend Statewide Provider meetings e.g. foster care, TLP, and ILO.
Educate agencies on DCFS Policies and TPSN Procedures that relate to assessment, service provision, documentation, reporting, investigations, etc for pregnant and parenting youth.
Educate agencies on youth rights according to the Hill-Erickson Consent Decree.
Facilitate monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly meetings with program staff and DCFS monitors to answer questions, provide guidance and attend case consultations.
Facilitate communication between case work agencies and Specialty Providers.
Assess program needs as it relates to resources and training in working with TPSN youth and develop a plan to assist and support which may include training.
Provide TPSN in-service trainings for agencies as it relates to working with pregnant and parenting youth as needed e.g. staff turnover, deficits in service delivery.
Build relationships with external agencies (resources) and provide referrals for services when applicable.
Special Projects and Committees
Participate in the Training Committee for the development, review and revision of training curriculums.
Assist with the coordination of TPSN Specialty and Risk Reduction Training
Attend weekly WRAP Plan Committee meetings for the review of WRAP Plan requests.
Represent TPSN on external committees as needed.
Makes recommendations based on clinically and developmentally appropriate; best practice and ethical considerations.
Advocate for youth needs and rights when attending staffings.
Provides clinical expertise to the agency and staff when the youth’s placement is unstable or in crisis.
Makes plans and decisions based on clinically and developmentally appropriate, best practice, and ethical considerations.
Considers any cultural factors that may be impacting the youth or the appropriateness of services, and proficiently addresses them to provide needed services.
Consults with supervisor, other clinical team staff and agency consultants.
Education /Job Experience/Certification:
Master Degree in Social Work or a related Human Service field.
At least 5 years of experience working with pregnant and parenting youth or in the Child Welfare System.
Supervisory experience preferred.
LCSW or LCPC preferred.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications:
Is open and respectful of cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and is willing and competent to work with a diverse client population.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and a part of a high functioning team.
Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
Proven ability to work effectively with young parents and their children.
Experience in working with clients with disabilities and community-based resources.
Car and valid Illinois driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel within assigned region.
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities,... one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.