The Parent Mentor provides families with the support they need to build their skills as parents. The Parent Mentor works with caregivers to bring about constructive change through support, guidance, and instruction. A Parent Mentor can help caregivers do the best job possible in raising their children. They will recognize that safety, permanency, and well-being, both in the home of origin or other placement setting, are essential to achieving a positive outcome for children.
1. Provide Orientation to new parents who are seeking reunification with their children
2. Offer emotional support, share experiences, and help parents and caregivers understand the system
3. Assist with supervised visits between parents and children who are working towards reunification
4. Develop events organized to facilitate discussion amongst parents in the community
5. Assist parents in learning and applying effective discipline techniques
6. Function as part of the larger CUA team responsible for achieving the target goals of improving safety, permanency, and well- being of children, youth, and families.
7. Create Life Books for parents and children
8. Assist with budget education
9. Perform other duties that support the mission of APM and the CUA program.
1. Must have successfully reunified with their children and youth or successfully stabilized their family and maintained a safe case closure for a minimum of one year while benefitting from their experience with the Child Welfare System
2. Or, in the alternative, positively utilized Prevention Services to keep their family from entering the formal Child Welfare System
3. Waivers of the above may be requested of Philadelphia Department of Human Services on a case by case basis with appropriate documentation and rationale
4. Proficiency in English and Spanish preferred.
5. Familiarity with the dynamics of diverse populations in low income areas.
6. Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, Request for Criminal Clearance, FBI clearances, Valid PA driver’s license and driving record no more than 60 days old. Medical Exam must be completed within one year of employment.
7. Knowledge of social services, child welfare and family systems services.
8. Culturally sensitive to the needs and diversities of multi-cultural communities.
9. Knowledge of community resources and ability to work as a team member
10. Practices good customer service skills in all working relationships.
11. Experience facilitating public meetings, and other public forums.
12. Strong interpersonal skills, respectful, and courteous nature.
13. Strong writing and oral presentations skills.
14. Must demonstrate genuine empathy and concern for individuals as indicated in our corporate vision, mission and values statements.
15. Able to work independently, demonstrating good judgment and prioritizing.