Location: Costa Mesa
Posted on: August 5, 2022
Job DescriptionPosition Summary:
A Peer Partner is an adult with relevant life experience as a
foster or adopted youth or graduate of the foster case or adoptive
services programs or youth that has received Special Education
services, or has been a beneficiary or recipient of services and
programs provided through child welfare services in any state) who,
drawing on shared experience is responsible for assisting and
empowering current foster youth to develop personal confidence and
competence by identifying the child's concerns and creating a plan
to develop strength-based daily living skills. The Peer Partner
helps foster youth cultivate their independence) self-confidence,
and self-esteem. A Peer Partner empowers foster youth to explore
new options, resources, relationships, activities, feelings,
attitudes) and rights. A Peer Partner is a mentor, coach,
companion, tutor, advocate and role model to the youth.
This position does not have direct reports.
- Engage the child and develop appropriate professional
relationships and trust: Involve the child in discussions and
activities to develop an understanding of his/her perspective,
concerns and needs, and create a positive connection to develop the
necessary relationship to support and maximize the service delivery
- Provide guidance and encouragement to youth to take
responsibility for and actively participate in his/her treatment
- Supports the child's engagement in his/her treatment planning,
participation in school and/or community activities, pursue healthy
and appropriate personal interests, etc.
- Models, coaches and teaches independent living and
- Support the child in a non- judgmental, unconditional
professional manner that serves to build confidence and
- Coach, mentor, model and reinforce appropriate success-based
behavior: Model and coach positive, constructive attitudes and
behaviors in managing situations.in school, interpersonal
relationships, living situations, personal challenges and other
events that may affect a child's behavior, attitudes about self
and/or others, or approaches to life and its challenges.
- Develop strength-based activities to encourage the child to
explore new behaviors and have personal experiences that are unique
and novel to their previous experience, develop personal confidence
and self-esteem, and to engage in self-advocacy with regard to
- Advocate for the child to ensure that his/her best interests
and concerns are taken into consideration to ensure the child's
commitment to the outcome: Engage, support and advocate for the
child to enable successful transition to a lower level of care.
Coach and teach independent living and self- advocacy skills.
- Engage in teamwork and collaboration to advance the best
interests of the child: Participate in necessary clinical and
residential team meetings to ensure complete understanding of the
child's current situation to advance treatment goals and plans,
permanency goals, aftercare services, etc.
- Seek consultation, advice and guidance from the necessary
professionals and treatment team members to create an enriched and
enriching approach to developing the child's necessary behaviors
and skills to ensure a successful transition to a lower level of
- Attend meetings and other activities in support of and based on
the child's needs: Participate in the child's CFT, accompany the
child to court appointments, attend departmental and individual
meetings as needed to share and receive information, accompany
child to school or other activities to provide support and
guidance, provide tutoring services if needed, etc. Provide
aftercare services as needed.
- Complete required reports, documents and notes as required for
the program: Prepare notes of interaction with the children within
the required time frames established for the program.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least 21 years of age
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- Obtain fingerprint-based criminal background clearance, to
include clearance through FBI, DOJ and the Child Abuse Central
- A current and valid unrestricted California Driver's License
and reliable transportation.
- Relevant life experience as a former foster youth, adoptive
youth, Special Education services, or as a beneficiary of,
participant in, of recipient of services or programs provided
through the child welfare services of any state.
- Possess the necessary communication skills to enable the
incumbent to engage foster youth in discussions to provide guidance
and direction. Bi-lingual, Spanish speaking is desirable.
- Possess the computer literacy and writing proficiency necessary
to create required documentation for the program.
- Some college or a college degree preferred.Skills
- Strong verbal, written, and listening communication skills to
include communicating clearly, effectively, tactfully, and
patiently to a diverse population.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demeanor with the ability to
build rapport and garner trust with others.Proficient in the use of
a PC; in a Windows environment; in the use of the Internet; and in
the use of MS Office Applications such as Outlook, Word and
- Ability to pass fingerprint background screening through the
Department of Justice, FBI and Child Abuse Central Index.
- Ability to effectively engage with children from various
backgrounds and circumstances.
- Ability to provide consistency and behavioral limits through
- Ability to maintain professional behavior in high pressure
- Ability to solve problems by applying basic analytical skills
to include collating and reporting information; identifying trends
and exceptions; investigating to define problems more accurately;
sorting information in order of importance; identifying
relationships and linkages between components; identifying variable
potential causes and effects; soliciting guidance to define
criteria and assign values of importance and urgency; and
escalating issues of an exceptional nature.
- Ability to work collaborative as part of a team.
- Ability to demonstrate dependability and flexibility.
- Ability to deliver high level of professionalism and
- Ability to work with confidential information.
- Willingness and ability to embody Childhelp's core values of
Acting with Honor and Character; Being Open and Receptive; Caring
About and Relating to Others; Nurturing Diverse Relationships;
Performance Excellence; and Inspirational Leading &
- Ability to frequently stand, see, hear, speak, and be
physically flexible; occasionally sits walk, stoop, lift up to 50
lbs., carry, run and drive; and at times may bend, climb, squat,
- Ability to spend 65% of time outdoors, 35% indoors, withstand
moderate noise levels including voice levels 90% of the time,
extreme heat up to 111 degrees; wind, rain cold weather; to operate
household appliances; to drive an automobile; occasionally work
alone; work with others 85% of the time.
- Employees may be exposed to children who may ask inappropriate
personal questions, display socially unacceptable personal
behaviors, insult your physical appearance, age, sex, and race, use
profanity, sexually explicit phrases, exhibit defiance, dishonesty,
threats, accusations, and theft, assaultive behaviors and
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