Family Support Specialist, Grass Valley
Family Preservation



The Family Support Specialist is a member of the Family Preservation mental health team. Strength based in-home and community based services are provided to children and families who may be at risk of child abuse/neglect or those who already are involved in the child welfare system. Based on the family’s individualized treatment plan and under the direction of the Clinician, the Family Support Specialist will provide in-home support that will assess and assist families with strength enhancing-behavioral change and aid the development of natural supports. Services are provided in-home and utilize Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and other strengths-based solution-focused practices. Supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of the agency.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related human service field
  • Experience working with children and families required
  • Strong verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management; clearly communicate key goals to obtain permanency goals and other program goals
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and make recommendations
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis
  • Open to change and new information; rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected situations
  • Display high standards of ethical conduct and exhibits honesty and integrity. Show consistency in words and actions, model high standards of ethics
  • Foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
  • Be able to maintain a professional, confidential work environment
  • Knowledge of relevant trends and practices in child welfare, adoption, and permanency
  • Working knowledge of:
    • State Regulations for child placement agencies set forth by CDSS and CCL
    • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)/Medi-Cal billing requirements
    • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
    • Welfare and Institution Code and other related state and federal rules, regulations and laws pertaining to adoption, foster care, youth permanency, mentoring, and concurrent planning
    • Principles, practices and techniques used in the treatment of families and youth involved with adoption, foster care, youth permanency, family reunification, and concurrent planning
    • Child psychology, child development, principles of individual and group behavior, family relationships, and family dynamics
    • Accreditation Standards (COA)
  • Learn and understand the Agency programs, policies, and procedures
  • Responds to supervision, makes changes to provide best support for children and families
  • Ability to align behavior with the mission and goals of the organization
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems
  • Ability to work in a mobile, fast paced environment
  • Ability to use a laptop computer
  • Fulfillment of TB test, background check clearance, and any other mandatory State/Federal requirements
  • Valid California driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, can a driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier
  • Must provide and operate a registered, properly insured automobile


Hiring Range for Behavior Analyst I: $17.00 - $20.50 hourly

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