North Central Florida Home Study Specialist

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OVERVIEW

The Better Together team seeks a Home Study Specialist for North Central Florida. The Better Families home study contractor is responsible for the development and completion of Host Family home studies. This is a contract position. The Home Study Specialist works from home, and travel is required using contractor’s own vehicle within the region.

The candidate must have a master’s in social work or be a certified Child Welfare Licensing Counselor (CWLC) in the state of Florida. They should feel called to minister to children and families in crisis and share our passion for keeping children out of foster care and families together. He or she is a self-starter who is comfortable working remotely, has a demonstrated ability to analyze problems and find creative solutions, and thrives when challenged.

CULTURE & FIT

Success at Better Together depends not only on a person’s skills but also on their ability to fit the culture of Better Together. If you answer “yes” to all the following questions, you may be a fit for the team, if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t stay at Better Together don’t align with these values, so they matter. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.

  • Do you have strong administrative skills? Are you detail oriented and able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at once?
  • Do you strive for excellence in all that you do even when no one sees your work?
  • Do you wholeheartedly agree with our mission and belief that foster care is not always the best option for children and families?
  • Do you believe that true charity is a hand-up and not a handout?
  • Do you have empathy for parents in crisis?
  • Do you understand poverty and consider yourself culturally competent?
  • Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face-to-face a few times a month?
  • Are you always trying to improve and do better?
  • Are you self-disciplined and able to work in a remote setting?

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Screening prospective host families
  2. Home study recording and documentation

These roles break down into several responsibilities, including:

Screening prospective host families

  • Identify potential risk factors and strengths of the host family.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with all parties.
  • Gather necessary information to develop/complete home studies.
  • Verify all references provided.
  • Review and assess families based upon Safety Checklist.
  • Train and review water safety and SIDS paperwork with host family.

Home study recording and documentation

  • Prepare home studies using Better Together template for new host families.
  • Review and complete all required paperwork.
  • Meet all deadlines consistently.
  • Write home studies professionally, and check work for spelling and errors prior to submitting for approval.
  • Maintain professional relationship with all parties.
  • Work closely with program administrator to ensure continuity between the home study specialist and other Better Together team members.
  • Participate via phone or video conference as needed.
  • Return all documents utilized to prepare home study to Better Together once completed.

TIMING, LOCATION & COMPENSATION

Better Together seeks to fill this position immediately. The position is a contractor role that requires work in the evenings and weekends. Better Together is headquartered in Naples, Florida; this contractor position must live in the Marion County area. The work is remote and requires a home office. A Home Study Specialist is compensated per home study completed, and that amount varies monthly.

Email resume and cover letter to: kristianna@bettertogetherus.org.

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Cammara OvertonBetter Together Team

Cammara Overton
Collier County Family Care Coordniator

Cammara worked in the international nonprofit sector and served as a missionary overseas for 10 years before joining Better Together as the Collier County Family Care Coordinator. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a heart for building relationships and serving women, children and their families and sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with everyone she meets. Cammara is passionate about coming alongside those seeking life change and helping them achieve all that they desire to do for themselves and their families. Cammara is very excited to be a part of the Better Together family by providing recourses and extending love and compassion to families in crisis.

Cammara and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time playing volleyball and hanging out with friends and their Italian pup, Harley. They both have a passion for serving the Lord and being the hands and feet of Jesus in their community.

Jennifer MoffittBetter Together Team

Jennifer Moffitt
Tampa Bay Region Home Study Specialist

Originally from Massachusetts, Jenn moved to Florida in 1993 to be closer to her parents, who had left the snow behind the year before. In 1996, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Jenn started her career working in private adoptions as a birth parent worker. After two years she was drawn to child welfare. For the next 19 years, she worked as a child protection investigator for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019 she began working for the Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, as a child abuse specialist. She assisted prosecutors with interviewing child victims of abuse and neglect and served as a liaison with the Department of Children and Families and their local community providers.

Jenn and her husband, Shawn, were married on Christmas Day in 1999, and they have two boys, ages 12 and 20. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, taking day trips, visiting the beach, and vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina.

Katie MalloyBetter Together Team

Katie Malloy
Northeast Region Home Study Specialist

Katie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended the University of Mississippi, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Katie has been working with children and families in the foster care system in Duval County since 2015. Her passion is advocating for children in care and helping build strong and healthy families. During Katie’s childhood, her church community was a great support system for her and her family. She’s a firm believer that the more people who love a child, the better.

Ruth DavidsonBetter Together Team

Ruth Davidson
Southwest Florida Church Engagement Director

Ruth has a passion for serving others. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and paying it forward. She loves to share her personal story of how, with God’s help, she was able to overcome past hurdles. Growing up in rural Kentucky in a large family that faced many struggles, she knows firsthand how God’s love can heal and restore broken families. She has the gift of hospitality and enjoys communicating with others with the hope that she is never meeting strangers, only making friends.

Ruth comes to Better Together with over eight years of ministry experience. After moving to Fort Myers from Fort Lauderdale in 2016, she served as an outreach coordinator for a nonprofit faith-based recovery program for more than five years. She was also an administrative assistant to her directors, scheduling events and successfully developing and establishing relationships with several businesses and churches in Southwest Florida. She has a relaxed way of making others feel comfortable, possessing a servant’s heart and loves outreach and missions.

Ruth currently resides in Naples and enjoys traveling, dining out, cooking, entertaining and serving in her community. She has two grown children, Martin and Annie, and one grandson, Drew, who loves to visit with his Nana.

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Amanda Colafrancesco
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Yohana RestoBetter Together Team

Yohana Resto
Southwest Florida Executive Director

Yohana brings to Better Together 15 years of experience working in child welfare. She has served in various roles, including case manager, clinical services specialist, relative search specialist, foster family recruiter, and most recently a role conducting comprehensive assessments for children in foster care or relative care. Yohana has a heart and passion for serving children and families, and she brings to the organization a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. A graduate of Southeastern University and Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s in psychology and Master of Science in counseling, Yohana has a caring and compassionate heart to support families in need.

Yohana loves spending time with her husband, Miguel, and their four children—Isabela, Natalia, Jaxon and Jayden. You can frequently find them at a soccer game, as their girls enjoy playing competitive travel soccer. Yohana credits her relationship with God and personal salvation as the motivating force behind her desire to continue to serve her community.

Dawson JordonBetter Together Team

Dawson Jordan
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Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.