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Become A Family Support Specialist

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Working As A Family Support Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $33,392

    Average Salary

What Does A Family Support Specialist Do

A Family Support Specialist is responsible for improving the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. They help parents with arranging adoptions and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children.

How To Become A Family Support Specialist

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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163,428 Family Support Specialist jobs

Northshore University Hospital
Evanston, IL
Perinatal Family Support Specialist

$31,490 Estimated

Legacy Treatment Services
Mount Holly, NJ
Family Support Specialist

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Shepherdsville, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST I

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Harrodsburg, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST III

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Bedford, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST III

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Somerset, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST III

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Louisville, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST III

$33,392 Estimated

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Tucson, AZ
Family Support Specialist

$28,150 Estimated

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Phoenix, AZ
Family Support Specialist

$27,920 Estimated

Billings School District #2
Billings, MT
ECI FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Georgetown, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST I

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Covington, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST I

$33,392 Estimated

Commonwealth of Ky
Stanford, KY
FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST I

$33,392 Estimated

Terros, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
Family Support Specialist Southwest Region

$27,920 Estimated

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
Vancouver, WA
Family Support Specialist

$31,650 Estimated

Family Behavioral Health
Vancouver, WA
Family Support Specialist

$31,650 Estimated

Hi Line Home Programs Inc.
Plentywood, MT
Family Support Specialist

$33,392 Estimated

Children's Home and Aid
Chicago, IL
Family Support Specialist (Bilingual)

$31,490 Estimated

The Mentor Network
Taunton, MA
Family Support Specialist

$30,490 Estimated

The Arc Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
Family Living Support Specialist

$27,760 Estimated

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Real Family Support Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Family Advocate/Surgery Chaplain The Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2012 $47,091
Family Advocate, Social Care Worker Frances Pope Memorial Foundation, Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $44,098
Family Advocate Horizons for Homeless Children MA Oct 01, 2011 $42,000
Family Supported Health Specialist Easter Seals Society of Metropolitan Chicago Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2010 $42,000
Student and Family Advocate Grupo Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA Aug 31, 2016 $41,740
Student and Family Advocate Room To Talk Palo Alto, CA Jan 06, 2016 $41,740
Fcch Family Support Specialist Erie Neighborhood House Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2011 $39,000
Social Worker/Family Advocate Counseling & Assessment Clinic of Worcester, LLC Worcester, MA Nov 29, 2011 $37,566
Social Worker/Family Advocate Counseling & Assessment Clinic of Worcester, LLC Worcester, MA Feb 01, 2010 $37,566
Social Worker/Family Advocate Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester, LLC Worcester, MA Feb 17, 2010 $37,566
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Top Skills for A Family Support Specialist

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Top Family Support Specialist Skills

  1. Child Care
  2. Public Assistance Programs
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted shelter residents with child care needs and programming special events.
  • Interviewed and determined eligibility for public assistance programs.
  • Provide crisis intervention and stabilization services to clients.
  • Monitored family engagement and needs in support of social work and mental health services.
  • Scheduled and transported families attending medical, employment and social service agencies appointments.

Top Family Support Specialist Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Family Support Specialist

  1. Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)
  2. Commonwealth of Kentucky
  3. Family Support Services
  4. Child Care
  5. Centerstone
  6. Southwest Human Development
  7. Arizona's Children Association
  8. Healthy Families of Chicago
  9. Proactive Management Consulting
  10. YMCA
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