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Advocacy and Support Advisor 

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families have an exciting opportunity to join our small, dedicated team as an Advocacy and Support Advisor part time (3 days) until 30 June 2021 (extension possible). Position will be a hybrid of office and home based work.

About the role

The Advocacy and Support Advisor role provides information, support, advocacy and referral services to Victorian permanent carers, adoptive parents, kinship carers and foster carers transitioning to permanent care. This is to be conducted with a strengths-based, culturally competent and trauma-informed manner whilst maintaining a child-centred, family-focused approach and ensuring that the wellbeing, safety and best interests of children and young people remains paramount. The role is also responsible for supporting families to access flexible funding including undertaking assessments against the guidelines set by the funding body and completing administrative requirements. Dedicated flexible funding for Indigenous families is included in the program.

We offer salary packaging and flexible work arrangements.

About you

You have a genuine passion and interest in supporting strong permanent care and adoptive families. You have a recognised tertiary level qualification in Social Work, psychology or equivalent. You possess basic counselling skills with demonstrated experience in the child and family welfare field, ideally in Child Protection, Out of Home Care, Family Services and/or other services working with vulnerable families and children. Previous experience in the permanent care and adoption sector is advantageous.

You also have demonstrated assessment skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with a thorough understanding of child development and trauma, grief and loss, and attachment theories. You also have a working understanding of Victorian legislation relevant to children in alternative care. We are a child safe organisation so you will need a current working with children and be willing to undergo police checks. 

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage are strongly encouraged to apply. As a representative body of the permanent care and adoptive community, we also strongly encourage applicants with lived experience.

Please review the Position Description and if you’re interested apply with cover letter and resume the Seek website.

Why work with us?

PCA Families is a child-centred values-based organisation. We attract staff who share our commitment to supporting strong, happy and healthy permanent care, adoptive and kinship care families.

We have a collaborative work culture and aim to attract and retain high-calibre staff through a range of employee benefits.

  • We are a family-friendly organisation.
  • We offer flexible work arrangements including working from home options.
  • We offer attractive salary packaging benefits.
  • We offer professional development and training opportunities.

PCA Families is a Child Safe organisation with zero tolerance of child abuse. You will need a current working with children to work with us and be willing to undergo police checks. See our About PCA Families page to read our statement of commitment to child safety.

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.

As a representative body of the permanent care and adoptive community, we also strongly encourage applicants with lived experience of permanent care, adoption and/or out-of-home care.

Volunteering

PCA Families has a long history of volunteer involvement. We started in 2002 when a group of parents, carers and professionals started meeting with a view to establishing a support service which was independent of placement agencies and which provided training and support to those involved in permanent care, adoption, kinship care and foster care. The organisation was incorporated in 2003 as Post Placement Support Service. It was largely run by volunteers, with only a small amount of paid staff time until 2010.

PCA Families continues to value the role of volunteers as an integral part of a peer-informed approach incorporating learning from lived experience.

Current Volunteer Positions

PCA Families has the following opportunities for volunteers within the organisation:

  • Communications Officer
  • Peer Support Mentors/Facilitators
  • General Administration Support
  • Events/Fundraising Assistant

Occasionally, there will also be the opportunities for volunteers to support us in one-off event-based opportunities and short-term project-based roles.

To apply to volunteer with PCA Families, submit your application to .

If you need help with making an application, or would like to discuss volunteer opportunities further, please contact Membership Engagement and Office Manager, Deborah Hunt on 03 9020 1833.