Career Opportunities

Bilingual Services Specialist

Provides assistance to bilingual and Spanish speaking children and non-offending family members of the Children’s Advocacy Center in various capacities.  Position is responsible for criminal court advocacy, long term case management, crisis intervention, community outreach and education, and other assistance to bilingual and Spanish speaking clients.

Duties:

  • Provide information and updates on the status of the court case, and support to children and their non-offending parents or caregivers.
  • Conduct home visits with children in preparation for court when appropriate.
  • Provide accompaniment to children and their families to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Provide age-appropriate court orientation to children who may testify in court.
  • Provide court accompaniment for children and families during hearings and trials.
  • Ensure that families are referred to appropriate health and social service agencies to obtain additional services as needed.
  • Assist families with applications for Crime Victims’ Compensation, VINE, and information on other resources as indicated appropriate for each family.
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning CAC
  • Provide crisis intervention services for children and adults at the point of the forensic interview.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and Forensic Interviewers in the investigation of child abuse and/or children who have been exposed to violent crimes.
  • Inform families of case progress and serve as a liaison between families and partner agencies including the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Ongoing case management and follow up with families.
  • Documentation of all case activities.
  • Assist in maintaining records of services provided.
  • Identifies Spanish speaking resources.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a plan to community education to Spanish speaking community.
  • Assists in developing other appropriate services for the Spanish speaking community.
  • Additional duties can be assigned based to Masters level candidate
  • Assist Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) in volunteer recruiting and training efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

Qualifications:

Bachelors in a social service field. Master’s degree preferred.  Must be bilingual in English and Spanish.  Experience in service delivery to children and families.  Knowledge of child abuse dynamics. Professional demeanor. Good attention to detail. Exhibits initiative and flexibility. Public speaking skills a plus.

Other Requirements:

Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed

Participates in the CAC on call program

Current Texas Driver’s License

Submit to a child abuse and criminal background check

Willingness and ability to travel

Ability to lift 20 lbs

 Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org

 

Forensic Interviewer

Responsible for interviewing child victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and witnesses of violent crimes brought to the Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) by law enforcement or child protection investigators. These interviews are highly specialized and gather information needed by law enforcement and Children’s Protective Services investigators. Interviews are conducted in a manner that takes into account how children experience the investigative process and their developmental age. Other areas of responsibility include: coordinating team efforts, case tracking documentation and court testimony.

Duties:

  • Conduct interviews of child sexual and physical abuse victims
  • Review and critique of forensic interviews through the peer review process
  • Assess children’s cognitive and linguistic abilities as well as non-verbal communications
  • Foster an environment that is sensitive to a child’s cognitive, emotional, and psychological development, without leading a child in questioning
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team review meetings concerning children who have been interviewed
  • Testify as an expert witness in civil and criminal trials regarding the child’s statement
  • Assist Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, and other professionals with information that will benefit the child victim
  • Assist in maintaining records of services provided
  • Documentation of all case activities
  • Oversee all civil and criminal case tracking documentation and activity
  • Participate in community outreach activities such as speaking engagements, publication of newspaper articles, and fund raising events
  • Participate in training to enhance professional skills and development
  • Participate in after hours on-call emergency program
  • Perform other tasks as requested by the CAC Program Director

Qualifications:

  • Master’s of Social Work or related field (psychology, child development, sociology) preferred
  • Minimum of two years direct work experience with victims of sexual and physical abuse
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Willingness to submit to a child abuse background check (civil and criminal)
  • Willingness to work in a smoke and drug free environment
  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, the ability to establish rapport with clients and other professionals, an objective attitude, patient demeanor, strong organizational skills, and knowledge of child development
  • Assist in fund development
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, ability to communicate effectively over the phone
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to project a positive image in court room testimony
  • Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Bending, stooping, reaching and other movement required in dealing with children. Lifting of office materials (up to 20 lbs)
  • Willingness and ability to travel

 Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to Fiona at fremko@cafb.org