The Family Advocate will provide needed support, advocacy, information and referral to parents of SED (Severely Emotionally Disturbed) children who are currently in treatment at ICL’s clinic and school-based programs, as well as other parents of SED children residing in the surrounding community. The aim of the services provided to these parents is to lessen their feelings of being overwhelmed by the daily need of caring for a SED child, to help lessen the stress, confusion, failure and embarrassment often experienced by these parents due to their child’s behaviors, to ameliorate their social isolation and helplessness, to empower parents to be aware of and access appropriate services and entitlements for their children and to gain skills and information to assist them in effectively parenting their SED child.
High School Diploma or equivalent. Three years minimum experience as a primary caretaker of a SED child, obtaining mental health, educational and related services or entitlements for an SEC child. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of a second language preferred. Knowledge of a range of local resources, procedures and tactics required to meet the needs of children is essential.