CHILD VICTIM ADVOCATE
Website Westchester Institute for Human Development
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at the Westchester Institute for Human Development seeks to minimize further trauma to children and families by coordinating objective, state-of-the art forensic evaluations of alleged child victims in coordination with investigative and protective agencies. Forensic evaluations are conducted for children from throughout the Hudson Valley region and Nassau County.
- The Child Victim Advocate will assume a critically important role in welcoming and orienting families to the CAC.
- They will act as a liaison between the CAC and/or Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) practice and members of the multidisciplinary teams. This will ensure that children served by the CAC and patients served by CAP receive necessary supports and services in their own communities and to keep CAP providers apprised of any information that is relevant to medical diagnosis and treatment.
- They will describe the multidisciplinary team process and the role of the CAC and explain the benefits available to crime victims through the New York State’s Office of Victim Services (OVS).
- They will provide client-centered services to children and their families, including assistance with access to emergency food, clothing, transportation and orders of protection, as well as assistance in completing the OVS crime victim application, and providing information and support to families around the medical evaluation and referrals for mental health treatment.
- The victim advocate will collaborate and communicate with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that children and families are linked to the appropriate team member and responded to in an efficient and expeditious manner.
- The advocate may provide crisis intervention, safety planning and ongoing telephone and in-person follow up support to non-offending family members, keeping them apprised of the status of referrals and/or the status of the investigation, as appropriate. They will be trained to provide valuable psycho-education to children and their non-offending caregivers about the impact of trauma on one’s functioning and can offer parents information about what they can expect from their child(ren) and themselves, in the days and weeks that follow a disclosure of abuse.
- College degree in social work or other related field preferred OR at least two years’ experience working with children and families who have experienced abuse and trauma;
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing in Spanish;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, listening and organizational skills;
- Ability to stay calm in stressful situations and ability to work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
The Child Victim Advocate position is full time and include the following benefits: Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Time Off and 403(b).
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