Family Services Specialist Cover Letter

Dear Mr. Roberts,

I would like to apply for your Family Advocate position with Parkvale Health Center. I am a mental health professional with more than nine years of experience working with children and families.

As a Family Advocate with Kids First Counseling I act as a liaison between families and the court system as well as providing counseling to both children individually and families as a unit. I am well-versed in group counseling techniques and child development. In addition I am familiar with family law and have an in-depth knowledge of community agencies and referral networks. My approachable personality and calm demeanor lend themselves well toward gaining the trust of the families with whom I work. I have been told that I am a trusted resource. I would be happy to have the opportunity to contribute these qualities as a Family Advocate with Parkvale Health Center.

I am confident that my expertise in counseling and family dynamics would make me an asset to your team. I welcome you to contact me when it is convenient for you to further discuss my qualifications for your Family Advocate position. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Ann Lawrence

Family Service Specialist Trainee, 09/2012 to 02/2014
DCP&P- Department of Children and Families – Secaucus, NJ
       Compassionately responded to child abuse/neglect referrals.
       Handled requests for child welfare services.
       Performed in-home visits.
       Arranged for residential or foster care placements.
       Transported clients to scheduled appointments: doctor visits, psychological evaluations, welfare, and more.
       Setup case plans and closures.
       Served as advocate on client's behalf for services.
       Prepared court reports for hearings.
  • Directed family-centered, strengths-based, culturally competent and individualized intakes and assessments.
  • Trained in substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and the effect of employment and housing issues on mental health.
  • Connected clients with community service and resource agencies.
Administrative/Legal Assistant, 01/2012 to 05/2013
Classic Business Solutions – Metuchen, NJ
  Confirmed/prepared loan closings documentation.
  Professionally answered and screened business calls and mass     e-mails.
  Managed calendars,client files and database.
  Maintained oral and written communication with clients, opposing attorneys, and court officials.  
Expertly prepared and formatted legal documents,letters,andtaxappeals.
Highly responsible and goal-oriented Family Service Specialist with thorough knowledge and experience in family services and case management. Possess excellent family-based interpersonal and time management skills to successfully achieve program goals and objectives. Energetic and focused with a genuine passion for assisting and caring for others, and a well-rounded background in supporting personnel to optimize performance and developmental growth. Astute multi-lingual communicator, adept at establishing rewarding relationships to benefit child, adult, and family welfare, and optimize clinical services. Primed and motivated to demonstrate strong work ethic.
  • Documenting/Recording Case Management
  • Multi-lingual: English, Portuguese (fluent) & Spanish
  • Relationship Building
  • Consultation/Evaluation/ Advice
  • Excellent Oral and Written Communication
  • Scheduling, Organizing, Multitasking
  • Social Perception
  • Family Relations
  • Self-Directed/ Adaptable/Team player
  • Analyzing Data/ Problem Solving
  • Learning Strategies
  • Risk Prevention/ Reduction
  • High Level of Confidentiality 
  • Computer Skills: MS Office and Apple
Bachelor of Psychology: Psychology, 2010
Kean University - Union, NJ

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