Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker

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  • Post Date: January 15, 2018
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker

Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County
Location: Pembroke, Ontario
Posted: January 12th 2018
Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County helps families and communities in Renfrew County protect and support the development and well being of children, youth and adults through integrated services, prevention and social inclusion. We provide services of child welfare, developmental services, Ontario Early Years, KUMON math and reading and family visitation and exchange services.

We are currently recruiting for a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker. This is a full-time position.

About The Position

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workers will deliver child, youth and family-centred service to children and youth with FASD and/or suspected FASD and their families by leading the development of a strengths-based support plan for children and youth with FASD or suspected FASD.

The FASD worker will work with the family, service providers and educators to build capacity for supporting the child/youth and identify strategies to meet the specific needs of the child or youth and family based on the best available evidence of FASD supports. The FASD workers will be knowledgeable about FASD and will complement the current efforts of service providers within their community to provide direct intervention support, collaboration and system navigation across multiple sectors, such as health, education, youth justice, community and social services, post-secondary, and employment and training.

The FASD worker will connect children and youth with FASD, their families and service providers to interventions and supports including those developed through the other components of the FASD strategy.


  • Work with children and youth with FASD, or suspected FASD, and their families to develop a support plan based on individual strengths and needs, and informed by the child and youth and family’s vision, goals and concerns.
  • Support connections to diagnostic supports (as available), and provide information to families as post-diagnosis support.
  • Support connections to other services and, with consent, share information and the service plan so the family doesn’t have to repeat their story.
  • Work with the family, service providers and educators supporting the child and youth to build capacity and identify strategies to meet the child’s needs.
    • Explore flexible and innovative approaches for service delivery to meet the needs of children and youth and families and to bring forward innovative solutions.
    • Provide information to parents, caregivers and school personnel about behavioural symptoms associated with FASD and helpful approaches.
  • If a child/youth has multiple and complex needs and their family requires the more intensive support of a Service Planning Coordinator and the coordinated service planning process, support the connection to a dedicated Service Planning Coordinator and remain involved as part of the Coordinated Service Planning team.
  • Work with youth, and their family and service providers across sectors to plan for a transition from child and youth services to adult services, if required.
  • At a local system level, work to improve awareness of FASD and support local crosssectoral planning tables (such as Special Needs Strategy Cross-Sectoral Committees) to identify gaps and opportunities for improving supports for FASD.
  • Engage with different cultural groups (e.g. Indigenous, francophone to discuss how to best meet needs of children and youth with FASD in their communities.
  • Facilitate parent-to-parent connections.
  • Participate in provincially-offered training to increase their own and their organization’s capacity to support children and youth with FASD and their families.

The FASD Workers will not duplicate an existing service.

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s degree and minimum three years of work expoerinece, or  equivalent experience with vulnerable or at-risk populations including special needs
  • Experience working with children and youth with FASD and their families
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Commitment to strength-based principles of child, youth, and family-centeredness
  • Experience working with the child and youth service system
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a team
  • Ability to maintain strong professional boundaries

Additional Supportive Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and reporting skills
  • Strong counselling skills
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing trauma
  • Experience with and knowledge of behavioural concept
Additional Information
Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County is committed to providing a barrier free workplace. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit your resume and cover letter and reference “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker” in the subject line.

Closing: January 17, 2018.

Contact Information
Human Resources Consultant
Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County
77 Mary Street, Suite 100,
Pembroke, Ontario
K8A 5V4

Email: careers@fcsrenfrew.on.ca
Website: www.fcsrenfrew.on.ca

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