MOTHER/INFANT HEALTH COORDINATOR
At Alternatives For Girls, our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation, and to help them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.
Our employees love being involved in the empowering work we do, and having a deep dedication to the mission is the foundation of our team. In addition to making a tangible, positive impact, some of the benefits our staff enjoy include:
- Flexible work environment
- Work-life balance
- Ability to start accruing up to five weeks off after only six months of employment (and we encourage you to use it!)
- Emphasis on staff development
- Highly competitive benefits packages
The primary focus of the Mother/Infant Health Coordinator (MIHC) will be to understand that the pregnant and parenting girls/young women (our participants) whom we serve have combined concerns related to themselves and their unborn children along with handling the perils that come with homelessness. Therefore, the MIHC will support pregnant and parenting participants by nurturing them through their pregnancy and beyond -through the child’s first birthday- so that the mothers are better able to nurture their babies. Under the direction of the Shelter/TIL Director, the MIHC is responsible for coordinating case management services to pregnant and parenting participants in the residential and non-residential programs.
The MIHC will work closely with expecting mothers, and infants, to assure that they are achieving developmental milestones, and those who have been diagnosed with development delays, established medical conditions, and/or specific risk factors, receive recommended services. The MIHC will work closely with the AFG case planner, counselor, shelter team, and other relevant parties, to best meet the needs of the young mother.
- Provide Case Management for all pregnant and parenting Shelter\TIL participants, including those in Aftercare (non-residential) if they request this.
- Provide pregnancy, early childhood development and parenting education, including the importance of attachment and mother-child bonding support, to begin well in advance of a child’s birth, so that mothers are prepared.
- Refer mothers to childbirth classes and work closely with the mothers to develop a labor plan;
- Refer the mothers to safe sleep classes
- Refer the mothers to car seat training
- Provide tr ansportation to required medical and educational meetings, trainings or classes in the community. If not available, bus tickets, cab vouchers, or transportation by other community providers must be arranged.
- When appropriate, the father will be invited to participate in the development of the Case Plan, attend recommended classes and parenting groups in the community.
- Identify and coordinate the best community partnerships/resources, to meet the needs of each participant as she goes through her pregnancy and begins to raise her child; such resources will include pre-natal care, transportation, mentoring, education/employment/budget planning, planning for child care, etc. Work with the Detroit Parent Network using the Love and Logic Parenting Model; Make referral to educational, medical, and mental health providers.
- Coordinate services and provide input as a part of the Case Planning Services team. Participate in weekly individual meetings with the residents in the shelter; Participate in all transition plans prior to discharge from the residential or non-residential program. Complete bi-weekly home visits to the non-residential participants in their home or other agreed upon location in the community.
- Participate in professional development activities, including staff meetings, conferences, training opportunities, parent meetings, and other training options as identified by the Director of Shelter/TIL. Participate in quarterly evaluation meetings to review mothers’ progress. Complete all written progress notes, referrals, and reports. Assist in developing marketing materials for services being provided to mothers and their children.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Social Work, Education, Nursing, or related Human Service field Preferred. (Note: Due to the Mission and requirements of this program, early childhood certifications, education, extensive life and/or work experiences may meet this requirement).
- At least one year of case management or teaching experience working with expecting young mothers, and infants.
- Ability to effectively, appropriately, and accurately communicate both orally and in writing.
- Ability to handle crises, maintain confidentiality, and tolerate stress professionally.
- Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours if necessary, to meet the needs of the residential and non-residential participants.
- Working knowledge of computer word processing and database programs.
- Valid Michigan driver’s license, good driving record and access to personal vehicle.
- Meet all Agency licensing requirements: TB test, DHS clearance, background check, etc.
- Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
- Ability to work with all members of the community regardless of race, gender, age and cultural or ethnic background.
- High level of maturity, reliability and personal stability; capable of setting limits and organized follow-through with job performance.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- Driving and travel required to attend meetings, training sessions, etc.
- Moderate lifting of program supplies, child care seats, strollers and donations required on a regular basis.