Allegheny Family Network is now seeking parents, guardians, and primary decision-makers of children with mental health, behavioral health, or emotional concerns.
Put your LIVED EXPERIENCE to work in Allegheny County by providing
trained, professional peer support to other parents.
What's it like to be a Family Support Partner? Our team says it is REWARDING to support other parents who are facing challenges, experiencing new behaviors or even starting a real uncomfortable journey with the Child, Youth and Family service. Family Support Partners have been there - as parents and caregivers, they've received phone calls that made them anxious, concerned or even sad about their child's behavioral or mental health. Some of our Family Support Partners have adopted children, or fostered them while their biological parents worked through some things. Some of our Family Support Partners had to be persistent in working with their child's school in finding services that helped their child stay in school or succeed through their educational career.
AFN's Family Support Partners have experience raising children - and making major decisions for their families - that many parents don't have to. They've learned how to be strong, determined, persistent, empowered and educated so that their Family Voice and Family Choice could be respected and honored in the best interest of their child.
Do you have a similar parenting experience? Then we want to meet YOU! If you've had experiences with your children, foster children or stepchildren that required you to learn about resources, advocate as a parent or become informed about child-serving systems, like schools, juvenile justice or CYF, then you may be able to use that experience to help other parents in Allegheny County!
A parent of a child with mental health, behavioral or emotional concerns?
Eligible to pass state & FBI background checks?
A licensed PA driver with a vehicle?
Able to use Microsoft word, data entry programs & other computer skills?
Friendly and able to work with a diverse clientele?
Interested in a career that supports families, children & their success?
Family Support Partner:
Your experience navigating through the social and human services in order to provide the best support for your family members to succeed, receive services, and be cared for in the future or in your absence is an asset to our clients. Family Support Partners (FSPs) assist clients by providing information, connecting them to resources, advocating for them in school or court settings, leading support groups, and more, depending upon the family needs and goals the FSP is assigned. Lived experience is a must, training is provided. This position is a full-time, 37.5-hour work week and receives benefits. Applicants should be able to describe their experience raising a child with mental health / emotional/behavioral challenges or children who have been affected by trauma, and their experience working with or through child-serving systems such as education, child welfare, juvenile justice, or behavioral health. Salary and full job description available at time of the interview, if selected.
REQUIREMENTS: Allegheny Family Network is a family-run organization. Every employee is a Family Member who has raised or is raising a child with mental health / emotional or behavioral challenges. Must be able to pass PA State Criminal Background Checks and FBI clearances and NSOR; must have a vehicle, a valid PA driver's license & be willing to drive in all weather, and must have basic computer skills. Please note: You can not have received services from AFN in the past six months. If considered, you will be contacted by a Supervisor for an interview.