Pregnancy and Parenting Support Worker

St Louis, MO, US, 63130-1943

Good Shepherd Children & Family Services provides the highest quality foster care and treatment foster care, adoption, expectant parent counseling, maternity shelter, pregnancy services and advocacy. In response to the call of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, to help those in need, we connect children with families and keep families connected. 

Job Summary

The PPS Worker provides parenting support, education, and case management to families with young children at risk of child abuse and neglect. Parenting education using the Nurturing Skills curriculum is delivered within individual sessions using a home visiting approach. This position provides all services in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. At this time, this position is focused on serving clients residing in St. Francois, Ste. Genevive, Washington, Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds, Madison, and Wayne.

Job Responsibilities

· Reach out and engage new clients in a timely manner.

· Schedule and keep appointments with clients. Frequency of contact is weekly for the first several months but as clients move through the program that frequency decreases.

· Maintain a caseload of up to 18 active clients.

· Engage the client in an assessment of areas of strength and need and create a service plan to guide service according to that assessment.

· Provide assigned clients with case management services with a focus on linkage to needed community resources.

· Encourage involvement of other family members in services as appropriate and with the consent of the client.

· Provide parenting education to clients using the Nurturing Skills Curriculum and other resources best suited to the client’s needs.

· Assess clients need for concrete support services. Make community referrals as needed; access agency funds with supervisory approval only after exploring all other options.

· Coordinate with other service providers to link clients with needed community resources.

· Assist with outreach efforts to raise awareness of PPS services and generate referrals to the program; represent the agency at community events towards that end as appropriate.

· Maintain the client record which includes documentation of all client related activities on prescribed forms in a timely manner.

· Complete data entry to assure accurate billing to HV and other funders.

· Participate in regular supervision and seek consultation with supervisor as needed.

· Comply with all confidentiality and security standards imposed by HIPAA, COA, and other external bodies as well as those specified in internal organizational policies.

· Work collaboratively with co-workers.

· Participate in agency and departmental events that support the general function of the agency or program.

· Respond to all emails and voice messages promptly and courteously

· Participate in agency peer record reviews as required.

· Attend Good Shepherd all staff meetings.

· When needed, complete all Healthy Families of America trainings in the required timeframes.

· Attend training to enhance competencies related to job position and ensure all required job related knowledge is acquired.

· The majority of this job is performed in the community. Therefore must be 21years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, reliable access to an automobile and valid automobile insurance is required.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field. Two years’ experience in community based child welfare service or an advanced degree in a social service field. Thorough understanding of issues relate to parenting and child development. Knowledge of community resources. An understanding of family systems, the impact of abuse and neglect; substance abuse; mental illness; poverty; grief and loss; and trauma on children and their families.

Good Shepherd Children & Family Services does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. Good Shepherd Children & Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. 
Pre-Employment Screening 
All candidates receiving an employment offer must submit a pre-employment screening. The screenings will include criminal background check and other background checks (as needed), Family Care Safety Registration, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, and Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination. Various positions will require physical examination, Tuberculosis screening and Hepatitis A. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening. 

Our Mission

To bring the healing, help, and hope of Jesus Christ to those in need with a compassionate, caring presence.

Connecting children with families and keeping families connected by providing pregnancy and parenting support, foster care programs, and adoption services.


"Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6