Watson Children’s Shelter is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a positive, healthy, child and family-centered work environment. Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services regulations require that all applicants for our Shelter Care program positions be age 21 or older.

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Family Support and Resource Specialist

Healthy Foundations Program


Watson Children’s Shelter is seeking applicants for a full-time Family Support and Resource Specialist position for its Healthy Foundations. The Program, developed using the Healthy Families America national evidenced-based model, is designed to help parents of newborns get their children off to a healthy start and to help families overcome challenges. This model is a “primary prevention” model, aimed at reducing the risk of child maltreatment. The Family Support and Resource Specialist is responsible for initiating and maintaining regular and long-term home visiting support with families. Duties include conducting the intake assessment with parents in order to determine eligibility for the program; regular and consistent home visits; establishing a trusting relationship with families; assisting in strengthening the parent-child relationship; assisting parents in improving their skills to strengthen the home environment; improving the family’s support system; and increasing the family’s ability to problem solve and assume the role of advocate for themselves and their children. Other duties include identifying and referring families to community resources at other supportive agencies, including health care services. The Family Support and Resource Specialist will also be responsible for assisting the family in establishing goals and creating a plan to meet those goals, as well as the assessment of, and education on the normal growth and development of the identified child.

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a human services field and must be able to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services to families. Strong candidates will have experience in family systems work; demonstrate maturity and experience in working with children (0-3 years of age) and their families; have knowledge of normal child growth and development and parent-child relationships; and have the ability to relate to families from a family-centered and strength-based approach to services. Other helpful skills include: having a knowledge of maternal-infant health; understanding of prenatal bonding and development; ACE’s training; ability to be non-judgmental; motivational interviewing skills; creative and knowledgeable about community resources; enjoy and function well with long-term, ongoing goals; and have an understanding of other concepts related to child abuse and neglect. Previous home visiting experience is preferred. Position is full-time and eligible for full benefits.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Stacey Firestone, Program Director of Watson Children’s Shelter Healthy Foundations Program 4978 Buckhouse Lane, Missoula, Montana 59804 or email them to stacey@shelter4children.com

This job posting will be closed once the position is filled. Watson Children’s Shelter is an EOE.