Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation is seeking a highly motivated dynamic individual to fulfill the responsibility of a Child & Family Advocate.
Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation Child & Family Advocates will be hired for a term contract position with possibility to extend employment beyond March 2021. The Child & Family Advocate will be governed and will adhere to the community policies.
The Position of Child & Family Advocate will work to keep our children unified with their families and community to reduce the number of children in care.
The roles of the Child & Family Advocates will be distinct but with some overlap. One advocate will be focused on providing family support services, the other will be focused on responding to Court cases, and there will be some shared duties.
Duties and Responsibilities
The work done by the Court-Focused Child & Family Advocate will include:
● Providing alternative dispute resolution
● Provide knowledge, awareness and promotion of the First Nations’ interests to courts and Children’s Aid Societies (“CAS’s”)
● Represent the First Nation in court (with or without the assistance of a lawyer)
● Liaise between the First Nation and the CAS
● Represent the First Nation whenever children from the community who have been apprehended, are being adopted, or are in care
● Assist with the development of protocols with CAS’s
● Participate in Case Conferences, Plans of Care, and other meetings with CAS’s
The work done by the Family Support-Focused Child & Family Advocate will include:
● Assisting families to access resources and collaborate with other supports for prevention
● Provide family support services
● Liaise between families and CAS’s
● Help establish and strengthen family support systems
● Conduct home visits to support families keeping children in the home or when a family is transitioning to returning a child to the home
The shared duties between the two Child & Family Advocates include:
● Help find community placements for children (e.g. customary care arrangements)
● Help maintain the connection of children to their community
● Working toward the repatriation of children residing in care in other jurisdictions
● Conduct community consultations on the Program and its efficacy
● Be on call for emergency response services regarding child welfare
● Conduct data collection (ie:on the number of children in care, the services provided to families, etc.
● Develop partnerships within the community
● Develop an understanding of the First Nation program and service delivery methodology.
● Develop a community capacity work plan pertaining to enhancing the lives of children and families
● Assist with mapping exercise to define and address gaps in services.
● Maintain ongoing communication with community leadership and department manager including the community at large as required to track progress and activities and outcomes.
● Gain thorough knowledge of relevant acts, such as Child and Family Services Act.
● Maintain confidential documents to ensure trust is established when dealing with clients and community.
Education and Experience
→ Grade twelve (12) or equivalent required.
→ Post-Secondary diploma/degree in health/social sciences, business or Child Welfare Authorities would be an asset.
→ Experience in First Nation Child Welfare and the Child and Family Services Act Review
→ Demonstrated three (3) years working experience in Social Services and experience reporting to various Ministries and meeting deadlines.
→ Knowledge and understanding the Independent First Nations and their needs/concerns.
→ Valid Ontario Driver’s License and Insurable.
→ CPIC upon request
Depending on experience
Applications must include
- Cover letter
- Current resume
- Two (2) written letters of reference
- Must provide copies of driver’s license and educational diplomas and certificates
Closing Date: January 10, 2020 12.:00 noon
Interview Date: January 14, 2020
Start Date: January 15, 2020
Please submit to the attention of:
Shona Wapioke – Human Resources Manager
Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation
Kejick Post Office, Box 1
Kejick, Ontario P0X 1E0
Email: email@example.com Fax: (807) 733-3106
Miigwetch to all who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.