Join our team.

If you have a passion for children, the drive to help end the cycle of abuse, and the experience needed to make lasting change, you may be the perfect fit for the Monongalia Child Advocacy team!

Job Alert: Family Advocate 

Join a close knit team of professionals who create a child-friendly and supportive environment for families that experience abuse, neglect, or other traumas in our community. The MCCAC is seeking a family advocate!

Reports to: Executive Director

Minimum Requirements/ Skills:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or related field
  • At least six months experience working with children and families
  • Experience/ training in the area of child abuse
  • No prior criminal record of convictions of abuse or violent crimes against children
  • No substantiated CPS reports of abuse
  • No substantiated violations of Ethical Standards
  • Proficient at using the computer to complete professional tasks
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with child victims and their families, as well as with team members and members of community groups
  • Ability to work independently

Definition:

The Family Advocate is responsible for providing support and advocacy services for victims of child abuse and their families, as well as managing the client caseload at the Center. The Family Advocate participates on the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and acts as a liaison between victims and social service agencies/ legal system. Additionally, the Family Advocate carries a caseload of victims who need regular and long-term support.

 Responsibilities:

Advocacy

  • Greets and orients child and family to the MCCAC and MDT process
  • Supports and advocates for MCCAC clients
  • Tracks, documents, and provides updates to the family on case status, continuances, dispositions, sentencing, offender release from custody
  • Assessment of the child’s/ family’s attitudes and feelings about participation in the investigation/ prosecution/ treatment
  • Provides information on victim’s rights
  • Provides Information about the investigative process, how non-offending caregivers can advocate for child abuse victims, and supportive services for child abuse victims
  • Case tracking, and follow-up for cases seen at the Center and/ or discussed at MDT meetings
  • Links victims to needed services/ assistance (e.g., housing, protective orders, food, transportation, public assistance, medical)
  • Maintains regular contact with all CAC clients (regardless of whether or not there is an ongoing investigation) as specified in MCCAC policies
  • Maintains contact with clients’ schools and mental health professions
  • Provides supportive counseling for non-offending caregivers
  • Coordinates Case-Specific Multidisciplinary Team meetings both before and after forensic interviews and documents team decisions/ plans
  • Attends MDT meetings and advocates for clients discussed at the meetings
  • Assists with scheduling and execution of investigative interviews at the Center
  • Provides court advocacy, emotional support for court preparation, court accompaniment, and support for victims and families in coordination with the Prosecuting Attorney’s office
  • Provides crisis intervention for victims and significant others at all stages of investigation and prosecution
  • Coordinate with other victims’ services agencies to avoid duplication of services
  • Testifies in court as requested
  • Assists with the supervision of interns and volunteers involved with advocacy
  • Updates the Executive Director on the status of cases to ensure that no child falls through the cracks and that all service needs are being met
  • Assists the Director of Awareness and Development with Community Outreach
  • Assists the Executive Director with program evaluation and identifying community needs/ responsible for community needs assessments
  • Helps clients apply and manages enrollment and approval of Crime Victims Compensation Fund for clients.
  • Updates status of cases in case database and client charts.
  • Completes all clinical and administrative records in a timely manner and in accordance with the Operations Manual
  • Participates in weekly supervision sessions with the Executive Director
  • Participates in trainings as required
  • Other duties as assigned

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Capage at lcapage@comcast.net or 909 Greenbag Rd. Morgantown, WV 26508.