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Family Finding InternBookmark This
A Family For Every Child
1675 W. 11th Avenue
Posted: May 13 2016
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AFFEC is a nonprofit organization located in Eugene, Oregon. AFFEC’S mission is to find loving, permanent families for every waiting foster child.
The Family Finding volunteer will work closely with Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworkers and the Family Finding Director. The volunteer will perform research and establish contact with positive, safe family members and meaningful people for deserving children in foster care. While each case is different, the typical case takes approximately three months to complete and approximately 5-10 hours a month in phone calls and research. This volunteer can be located anywhere nationwide. Local volunteers can expect to do file mining at a DHS location and to attend two meetings; including a family meeting. Family Finding is an intensive relative search model with the goal of achieving permanency and supportive family connections for children in foster care. The volunteer will have the option to participate throughout the course of the whole case, or only take on specific roles during an open case. The specific roles that a volunteer can take on are as follows- file mining, internet research volunteer, and/or calling and engagement volunteer (depending on how many cases we have open and the stages they are in, positions open may be limited).
Under the supervision of the Family Finding Program Local Director, the intern (depending on their position) will:
Attend a Family Finding training to prepare for their first case.
Research DHS files for the purpose of discovering family and meaningful people for a child or sibling group in their case.
Perform an intensive search over the internet to locate family and meaningful people for the child.
Contact and engage family members and others by telephone to establish a positive connection for the child.
Meet with the DHS caseworker and Family Finding Director to share research and to plan for the family meeting.
Participate in family meeting with DHS and Family Finding Director to establish positive connections with family members to the foster child or children.
Maintain close communication with the Family Finding Director, including weekly updates.
Any major can qualify. This position is ideal for students majoring in non-profit administration, education, psychology, family & human services and communication.