Volunteer Educational Advocate

Volunteer Educational Advocate

The Volunteer Educational Advocate will provide educational support and advocacy to foster children and families served through Our Little Haven’s Foster Care Case Management Program at the Taylor Family Care Center.

Volunteer duties and functions:

  • Knowledge of Special Education processes, laws, and child development as it relates to education.  Use of this information to partner with the case manager to advocate on behalf of the child.
  • Assist in informal and formal assessments of the educational needs of the child through communication with the child, their biological/foster family, the child’s Family Support Team (FST) and school professionals.
  • Complete observations in the school setting if necessary.
  • Attend and actively participate in school meetings (i.e. IEP meetings, informal school conferences, diagnostic staffing and manifestation hearings).
  • Partner with the child and family to prepare for upcoming school meetings and hearings (i.e. review goals, outline information to be shared and questions the family may have).
  • Review educational records as it relates to the goals of the IEP.

Experience: Previous or current experience in the educational field with specific knowledge of Special Education laws/policies.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of general best practices, educational policies, laws and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with children, families and professionals.
  • Ability to collect and integrate relevant data, and resources.
  • Ability to successfully engage children and families and support them regarding educational concerns.
  • Ability to build rapport with children and families during face-to-face and phone contact.
  • Ability to critically assess educational strengths and concerns.

Interested applicants may inquire by telephone to the Taylor Family Care Center, (314) 531-3183 x 225. You may also send inquiries or resume to jobs@ourlittlehaven.org