Responsible for working with KIND’s child clients and their families to identify needs and gaps in services; assisting families in accessing services related to education, health, mental health, housing, mediation, and child care; providing leadership in establishing and sustaining relationships with local and state social services partners
May be responsible for one or more of the following:
Develop and maintain a knowledge base of social services available to clients in assigned work areas
Develop relationships with community coalitions in areas of high client concentration
Establish working relationships and partnerships with local service providers and administrators in each service area to enhance the referral process
Conduct assessments of referred clients, including the larger context in which the child is living, identifying needs, barriers and safety concerns
Maintain documentation regarding attempts to access services and service delivery
Track and report client data, outreach actions and outcomes, and general information for program evaluation, performance quality, and development purposes
Complete referrals to services, assist families in completing intake requirements for these services, and follow up as necessary
Assist KIND legal staff on working with families in crisis and transition
Work with other KIND Social Services Coordinators nationally to develop best practices, protocols, and provide training and support on relevant topics for KIND staff
Conduct trainings to support pro bono attorneys and for community social providers
Working closely with other legal services providers, law firms, corporations, and law schools in relevant jurisdiction(s) to identify and support resource-sharing amongst these partner agencies
Supervise interns and volunteers
Other duties as assigned
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients
Bachelor’s degree in related field, preferably in Social Work, Counseling, or related specialty. Master’s degree in Social Work or advanced degree in similar field strongly preferred.
At least two years’ experience working with children, preferably unaccompanied minors, immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma
Or any similar combination of education and experience
Fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written
A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively
Experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers preferred
Strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills
Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients
Ability to effectively conduct trainings to diverse audiences in person and virtually, including attorney trainings and Know Your Rights presentations for child clients
Familiarity or ability to work with adult immigrant caretakers, or training in trauma-informed parenting
Ability to travel as assigned
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About Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.
KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.
To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America t...o protect children in countries of origin and transit.
KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.
KIND is embarking on a new initiative in Mexico to expand its ability to advocate for and develop regional solutions that address the particular vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children seeking protection, whether in Mexico or the United States. The KIND Mexico initiative will work across KIND’s legal, policy, and regional program departments to increase legal orientations for unaccompanied children in transit; monitor conditions for unaccompanied children seeking access to protection; provide technical assistance and training to policymakers, child welfare officials, and pro bono attorneys; and work collaboratively with Mexican and Central American partners in the public and non-profit sectors to develop a strong platform for protecting the rights of unaccompanied children across the region. The program will complement KIND’s ongoing U.S. and international efforts to strengthen global migrant child protection frameworks, build capacity, and support institutions assisting children as they migrate in search of safety.