Family support counselor needed at Kids in Distress


Kids In Distress is looking to hire a full-time family support counselor responsible for providing in-home wrap-around services to at-risk families. This is a great opportunity for somebody that has excellent communication skills, loves working with children and families and is available 24/7 to the families served by the program.

The counselor is expected to make the initial family assessment and all documentation required on their caseload. They will also make referrals to a variety of agencies for the family for follow-up services.

Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Make face-to-face contact with the family in the family’s home at least once a week.
  • Complete a family assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the family unit.
  • Develop a family preservation plan that describes the behavior a family must exhibit to keep the child safe from further harm and/or strengthen the family.
  • Maintain detailed files, case log and weekly progress reports on each assigned family.
  • Assist assigned families in improving their relationships, as well as teaching parents how to provide better care, nutrition, hygiene, discipline, protection, instruction and supervision.
  • Help families discover and gain access to community resources that would assist them in meeting their needs, including food, housing, transportation, education, employment, respite care, etc.
  • Provide any other additional reasonable services for the prevention of maltreatment and unnecessary foster care as may be needed in order to strengthen a family at risk.
  • Provide 24-hour emergency on-call assistance for assigned families.
  • Attend court hearings as required.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in social work or related human services field and at least one (1) year of experience working with children and families with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience with domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse and knowledge of child welfare, child development, parenting and social services in Broward County is required.
  • Perform individual and family needs assessments.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and case management skills.
  • Must have the ability to intervene in family and crisis situations and be an advocate in dealing with ChildNet and legal systems.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • Candidate must be computer literate and have the ability to complete documents in Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to meet the needs of the families served in the program.
  • Must have transportation and be willing to visit clients in their homes. Valid Florida driver license with full access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage (proof of insurance is required).

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keywords: family support counselor. Filter location by Miami, Fla.

Deadline to apply is Dec. 31.