Family Support Specialist

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services.


Part of the nationwide Healthy Families America initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, Healthy Families of Northern Virginia Family Service offers comprehensive support and guidance, through home visitation, to new and expectants parents. The mission of Healthy Families is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. The Family Support Specialist (FSS) initiates and maintains regular contact with families, primarily in their homes; establishes trusting relationships with families and assists in strengthening parent-child relationships.

Conduct client home visits on a regularly assigned schedule with the goal of establishing a trusting relationship in accordance with Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
Prepare appropriate activities for home visit using approved evidence-based curriculum and other supplemental materials.
Prepare appropriate activities and facilitate group socialization experiences and field trips for families.
Provide appropriate parenting modeling, education, and other supportive services as outlined in the Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
Conduct developmental screening and evaluations using such instruments as ASQ-3, ASQ-SE-2, and HOME with families.


High School graduate or GED; college coursework preferred.
Infant Mental Health endorsement preferred.
Experience working with or providing services to children (aged 0-3 years) and families.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; demonstrated ability to enter and retrieve data using computer systems, systems applications, and other office equipment.
Bilingual skills in Amharic and/or Arabic preferred
Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.
Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions and being around pets/animals/other items in homes.
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire.
Valid U.S. driver's license.
Within a 37.5 hour workweek, needs to have the flexibility to make evening and/or early morning home visits two days per week in order to accommodate clients’ schedules.

Application instructions

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