The New York Foundling (the "Foundling") is one of the oldest, largest and most well-respected human services agencies in New York. Established as a home for abandoned children, the Foundling has been saving children, preserving families, and building communities since 1869. The Foundling's focus is on child welfare and the developmentally disabled and is dedicated to creating a community where each child, youth and adult enjoys the safe, stable and support relationships needed to reach his or her full physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual potential. We have over 1800 employees located in every borough of New York City, Westchester and Rockland Counties and in Puerto Rico.
We are currently seeking Full-Time, Part-Time and Per Diem (On Call) Youth & Child Care Workers for our Blended Mother/Child Program on Staten Island.
The Youth and Child Care Worker is responsible for the supervision of the pregnant and parenting residents, ensuring a warm and constructive residential environment. The Youth and Child Care Workers promote development of appropriate and effective independent living skills for the pregnant and parenting teens we serve. The Youth and Child Care Worker is responsible for ensuring the program's four core concepts for behavior management (Safety, Responsibility, Respect and Personal Growth) among residents and provide positive behavior reinforcement on a daily basis. The Youth and Child Care Worker will collaborate with all team members including social work staff in sustaining a trauma informed environment and therapeutic milieu.
Supervise and support pregnant/parenting teens. Actively participate in effective implementation of recreation and structured programming for residents. Teach independent living skills (i.e. laundry, cleaning, cooking) and effective parents skills (positive role modeling); and co-facilitate groups when necessary; participate in the training and implementation of Trauma Systems Therapy and the successful dissemination of a strengths based behavior management system among residents, maintaining a thriving therapeutic milieu;
Provide safe child care and developmentally appropriate learning to call children in the program;
Change diapers, bathe, dress and feed children, as need or instructed. In the absence of the program cook, assist with meal preparation for residents;
Administer medications to the adolescent mothers, pregnant teens and children, as instructed; accurately document that medication on required forms;
Prepare room for new admission (sanitize and clean room, make bed with fresh linens, make room with welcoming basket), facilitate new admission orientation (review Resident M/C Program Manual), and ensure proper medical clearances;
Uphold expectations of the Primary role once/if selected and implement trauma informed responses with youth.
Assisting the pregnant and parenting residents in developing effective parenting skills and positive behavior while promoting independence;
Comply with Agency rules, policies and procedure, as well as uphold Program standard operating procedures for Youth & Child Care Workers and residents;
Ensure that proper documentation is submitted in a timely manner, including but not limited to daily shift logs, program notes on residents, medication reports, and incident reports;
Report all problems/critical incidents and/or unusual situations pertaining to the adolescents and/or their children to the Lead Youth and Child Care Specialist, Program Director, Supervisor and/or Social Workers. Document all critical, serious and unusual incidents in the communication log and write internal Incident Reports;
Conduct room checks, at least every 30 minutes throughout the shift, as required by New York State regulations and program policy;
Read communication log at the beginning of each shift; accurately document in the communication log what transpires throughout your shift.
Prepare rooms for new admissions (i.e., sanitize and clean room, make bed with fresh linens, make room welcoming with welcome basket).
Work collaboratively with case planning team to ensure youths goals are identified and consistently monitored.
Promote and maintain a safe, secure and nurturing environment for residents;
Escort residents to ER visits, medical appointments and school, as directed;
Participate in orientation for new client admissions, treatment update and case planning meetings;
Ensure that all residents attend structured program activities, including weekly therapeutic group, independent living groups, birthing & parenting groups; health & human sexuality groups, tutoring and mentoring groups;
Remain flexible and comfortable with changing duties and schedules to accommodate program needs; and
Perform other tasks as assigned.
The Youth & Child Care Worker must have a high school diploma or GED, an Associate's or Bachelor's degree is preferred. Applicants should have at least 1-2 years working with pregnant teens, parenting teens, infants and/or toddlers. Successful applicants will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to negotiate confrontations. Must have a valid NY or NJ drivers' license with no more than 4 points.
The Foundling offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation, tuition reimbursement, in-service training, flexible work schedules and competitive salaries. We invite you to join our dedicated & diverse workforce by applying on our website (https://www.nyfoundling.org/about/jobs/). The positions are listed as "Youth & Child Care Spec"
Location/Region: Staten Island