Family Support Specialist - SafeCare, Berrien and Van Buren Counties

Family Support Specialist - SafeCare, Berrien and Van Buren Counties

Bethany Christian Services | Benton Harbor, MI, US
Salary Range:$29,000 – $35,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

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Family Support Specialist - SafeCare, Berrien and Van Buren Counties

Requisition #: req9530

Location: Benton Harbor, MI

Hours: Full-time (40 hours/week)

***This is a remote position within the Michigan Counties of Berrien and Van Buren ***

Bethany is changing the world through family. We began our work by serving one child more than 75 years ago. Today, Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit partnering with communities in more than 30 states and in several countries around the world. We strengthen and preserve families, support displaced people fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany is at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions to meet the growing needs of vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and around the world.

SafeCare® is an evidence-based, parent-training program for parents of children ages 0-5 who are at risk for or have been reported for child neglect or physical abuse. SafeCare providers work with families in their homes to improve parents’ skills in three areas: (1) parent-infant/child interaction skills, (2) health care skills, and (3) home safety. SafeCare is typically conducted in weekly home visits lasting from 50-90 minutes each. The program is typically provided for about 18 weeks for each family.

The SafeCare® Provider is primarily responsible for providing case management services using the SafeCare® model. This individual will also provide parent and health education and other supportive services to families.

This position is expected to function effectively with regular supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements.


Provide case management services to families assigned;
Provide parent and health education, resource and referrals, basic needs support, transportation assistance, and/or other supportive services to families;
Maintain current and accurate client records of all home visits, interaction and contact with families/client and file in appropriate client files in a timely manner;
Attend all case management staff meetings, supervision and agency meetings;
Report child abuse and/or neglect using stated policies and procedures;
Provide successful completion of follow-up activity with client/family;
Conducts community outreach in educating parents, professionals, and others about program and agency services, and child abuse prevention awareness;
Keep abreast of community resources and refer families for support, as needed;
Stay abreast of all agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements related to social services;
Complete other job duties, as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or related field of study from an accredited college;
At least one (1) year of prior experience in child development and family services;
Must have a broad knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methodology of human services as acquired through a Bachelor’s level degree;
Bilingual in Spanish required if working with Spanish speaking families;
Ability to obtain and maintain certification in SafeCare® curriculum administration;
Ability to address sensitive issues with families according to service plan implementation;
Ability to provide teaching assistance to families on a practical level in life skill areas;
Ability to carry out assigned tasks in an organized and timely fashion;
Ability to establish rapport and relate sensitively and with consistency to multiracial and multicultural group of people;
Computer and typing skills sufficient to perform essential job functions;
Ability to recognize the need for professional intervention, to be nonjudgmental, to be motivated to learn from direct experience as well as from training and supervision;
Possesses good judgment and reflects professional demeanor;
Must maintain a working telephone or other reliable means of communication co- workers can be accessed in case of urgent needs;
Maintains familiarity and knowledge of community resources and uses these appropriately to meet needs of families;
Active motor vehicle license and a reliable automobile with adequate insurance coverage;
Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries;
Subscription to and integration of the agency Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment.

We value and embrace the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; our culture is strengthened and our workplace is more dynamic. We are a global organization with multicultural staff, clients and stakeholders, so we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. More work remains, but we are deeply committed to honestly acknowledging and addressing the impacts of race and racism throughout the organization. This work can be uncomfortable and even painful, but we believe that the greatest challenges bear the greatest rewards.%3457200% %%customer%%