Child and Family Advocate

Application deadline:

Friday, July 9, 2021 - 4:30pm


Vermilion County Board


The Child and Family Advocate will work within a multidisciplinary team to create and support high standards for child abuse investigations and to advocate for the needs and well-being of child abuse victims and their families. The advocate will provide initial on-site services to non-offending caregivers of children reporting sexual and/or physical abuse. The Child and Family Advocate consults and collaborates with forensic interviewers, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals, child protection workers, mental health professionals and court victim advocates. The advocate provides support and information to the child and non-offending caregiver. The advocate will assist families in accessing needed services: immediate crisis intervention, applications for Crime Victims Compensation, long term counseling, medical care, and other issues related to victimization, including reduction of barriers to those services. The advocate will coordinate appropriate referrals for services.


QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in social services or related work with previous experience. Knowledge of dynamics of child abuse, knowledge or law enforcement and the court systems. Strong organizational skills and the ability to engage children of all ages with the ability to empower and mediate with parents in crisis. Works effectively with MDT members. Will remain abreast of current research related to child abuse/neglect with victim’s advocacy and ability to remain sensitive and demonstrate appropriate boundaries.
LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read, analyze, and interpret law enforcement reports, professional journals or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and policy and procedure recommendations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals, groups and the general public.
REASONING ABILITY Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Employment type: 

  • Full time

Days per week: 

Monday - Friday



Years of experience: 

  • 1 - 2 years



Required degree level: 

  • Bachelor's degree

Worksite Info: 

Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30 pm. May require some on-call after hours and weekend/holiday work.


Affordable Health Insurance Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Benefits $10,000 term life insurance policy Personal Days Holidays Vacation Additional term life insurance available at low cost to employee Various MetLife plans available including dental/vision Deferred Compensation options available Prepaid Legal Services Available