Family Preservation Intern

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To provide students with an opportunity to gain experience working with families with co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse and mental health, who are simultaneously involved with DCYF. To create an opportunity to work in the challenging domain of Social Services, and to assist students in determining their post-graduation options. Students will learn in real-time the barriers that face this stigmatized population, as well as the affects substance-use disorders have on children.


Carry and maintain a small caseload with supervisory support.
Assist families in meeting their case plan goals.
Provide parent and family assessments.
Maintain client records and provide court advocacy for families.
Be a part of a small multidisciplinary team that includes a parent-educator and a nurse.
Provide home visits to families at a minimum of two times a week.
Participate in provider meetings with the families and various community providers they are working with.


Excellent relationship-building abilities.
Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Have empathy when working with families, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Demonstrate time management & multitasking skills.
Be aware of how various cultures and diversity play a role in families’ parenting, substance use, and mental health.


Master’s level student in disciplines of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Human/Social Services, or closely related fields.
Vehicle transportation and insurance.
Bilingual / Spanish speaking encouraged.


Experience in a wide variety of areas that include DCYF, DHS, schools, substance abuse, and mental health providers, the court system, criminal justices, and parenting.
Access to the Children’s Friend Professional Development trainings provided to staff.
The opportunity to serve Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children and families.

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