Parent Partner

  • Job Tracking ID: 232
  • Job Location: San Dimas, CA
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: High School/GED
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 09, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

McKinley Children’s Center is a highly respected child welfare organization, conveniently located near Los Angeles and Orange County in the city of San Dimas, with 4 other locations throughout Southern California. McKinley Children’s Center’s comprehensive array of programs and services - which touch nearly 1,500 lives annually - include Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Adoptions, Mental Health Services and Special Education. McKinley is nationally accredited, licensed by the California Department of Social Services and is certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Our environment is highly therapeutic with many opportunities for activities with the children. Our beautiful 30 acre campus has a large covered outdoor basketball court, Olympic size pool, football/baseball field, play grounds, huge cafeteria, and a sports complex across the street which has baseball fields, tennis courts, and a running track.


The purpose of this position is to provide active, hands-on peer support to parents of youth/young adults receiving services at McKinley Children’s Center. Effective peer support should be friendly, empathetic, helpful, accessible and flexible. Peer support may be delivered in individual or group settings at the agency, in family homes or in community environments. The role of the Parent Partner is to work collaboratively to increase family involvement and alignment within program areas while increasing strength based modality of treatment with parents.


  1. Builds positive relationships between caregivers and county workers

  2. Maintains appropriate boundaries

  3. Identifies strengths and resources for families

  4. Identify recommended goals and services for caregivers and families

  5. Supports individual and family members’ decision making in developing plan of care

  6. Conducts outreach and engagement

  7. Maintains safety

  8. Creates a therapeutic learning environment

  9. Provides emotional and physical support for families and caregivers

  10. Prevents and intervenes in crises

  11. Supports individual and family decision-making in selecting resources

  12. Advocates on behalf of the individual, caregiver and family (primarily)

  13. Tailors services to unique individual, caregiver, family and community characteristics

  14. Modifies plans and services based on individual, caregiver, and family experiences

  15. Completes required documentation in required time-frame and in accordance with all legal and qualitative standards

  16. Complies with laws, regulations, policies and ethical codes

  17. Seeks supervision and consultation

Experience and Skills:


  1. High school diploma or GED preferred

  2. Maintains required licenses and certifications to perform role

  3. Must be the biological or adoptive parent of a youth/young adult with special needs

  4. Parent should have experienced level of care with their youth equivalent to Program assignment

  5. Maintains a non-judgmental attitude toward families


  1. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other office-related software

  2. Possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills

  3. Detail oriented and organized

  4. Able to work independently and organize multiple projects with minimum supervision

  5. Able to work as a team member

  6. Able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries with clients and staff

  7. Able to represent the agency professionally and appropriately with all constituencies


  1. Ability to commute to various sites on and off campus

  2. Ability to lift 10 pounds for filing


DOJ, FBI, Child Abuse Index; Insurability under Corporate Automobile Insurance

Job Benefits:

We are committed to providing our valued employees of McKinley Children’s Center, with a comprehensive, high quality, affordable employee benefits program that meets your family’s needs and serves as an integral and valuable component of your total compensation package. Designed to provide you and your dependents with protection and security, this program allows you to choose the plans and coverage that are right for you.