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FamilyForward offers an excellent working environment, competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability (LTD) insurance. Other perks include 403(b) match, paid holidays and vacation, education assistance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and disability programs.

FamilyForward has such a comprehensive collection of innovative programs. We can help children and families go from hardship to healing.

Ben Keil

Foster Care Lead Supervisor, FamilyForward

Current Openings

The current job opportunities for FamilyForward are listed below. To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor - Assessment Services

Department: Developmental Trauma Center
Status: Full Time
Reports to: Director of FamilyForward Developmental Trauma Center


FamilyForward utilizes a comprehensive and respectful approach to understanding child development and the impact of significant childhood trauma. We recognize that each child brings unique biological and genetic traits, relational experiences, and personality characteristics into every interaction with parents and other caregivers.

The agency’s overarching philosophy is based in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD of the ChildTrauma Academy. NMT is a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning. NMT provides the structure to best recognize the presenting behaviors and needs of each child.

This position plays a crucial role in the provision of evaluation and assessment services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Clinical Practice/Supervisory Role

  1. Directly design and carry out comprehensive psychological assessments to understand developmental, cognitive, academic, social-emotional and behavioral functioning within the context of a child’s developmental history and family functioning using the Neurosequential Model as a framework
    1. Provide feedback and recommendations to families and relevant community agencies
    2. Provide consultation to clinicians, physicians, school staff, and other relevant community agencies about psychological assessments
    3. Meet required timelines to complete reports and provide feedback to families in a timely way
  2. Provide the direct supervision for all clinical psychologists and Masters-level clinicians providing assessment services in the FamilyForward Developmental Trauma Center (hence forth known as “assessment personnel”)
  3. Direct and coordinate activities of assessment personnel regarding client services/caseloads/policies and procedures
  4. Assist with hiring, orientation and training of assessment personnel
  5. Review evaluations and assessments to ensure all staff member’s work meet standards for practice
  6. Assist Program Director with
    1. Assessment personnel disciplinary issues
    2. Assessment personnel schedule changes, issues, holiday coverage
    3. Assessment personnel exceptional/positive performance
    4. Other personnel-related reports as appropriate or required
    5. Work with Program Director to conduct annual performance appraisals on all assigned personnel

Program Development and Evaluation

  1. Act as a member of the Program Leadership in the overall development and evaluation of the FamilyForward Developmental Trauma Center
  2. Attend staff meetings and individual meetings as requested by the supervisor.
  3. Assist in the revision of existing policies and procedures related to the delivery of services and write policies and procedures where necessary
  4. Assist with the development of new programs to meet community needs.
  5. Assist with the review and evaluation of ongoing agency programs.
  6. Participate in research efforts in coordination with the Program Director and ChildTrauma Academy

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Open and maintain current records on all clients in accordance with agency policies and procedures for treatment.
  2. Keep statistical data as required for client outcomes
  3. Be responsible for a portion of a rotating intake system in accordance with agency programs and needs.
  4. Become familiar with and maintain a working knowledge of community resources applicable to client needs.
  5. Represent the agency in the community by participating in inter-agency functions and other community social services functions.
  6. Continue to develop professional knowledge and skills by attending in-service training sessions and relevant conferences in the community, and by becoming familiar with current professional publications.
  7. Exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping with the ethics of the profession.
  8. Maintain licensure in good standing.
  9. Perform related work as required or as delegated by supervisor.


  1. Doctorate degree in clinical psychology.
  2. Minimum of three years of experience.
  3. License to practice in the state of Missouri
  4. Must disclose any Board or liability insurance complaints.
  5. Must not be on probation with their licensing authority.
  6. Must have experience working with children and families, and personal or professional experience with adoption and/or foster care.
  7. A background that includes familiarity and experience in attachment-based approaches is preferred.

Please submit cover letter and resume to


Nursing Supervisor

Summary: The Nursing Supervisor directs the efficient supervision of nursing staff, oversees nursing/medical/client care issues, and coordinates program issues involving nursing care with the Program Manager. The Nursing Supervisor works at FamilyForward Children’s Homes, where 24-hour care is provided to non-ambulatory children with developmental disabilities and significant medical needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervision and Management of Personnel

  • Direct and coordinate activities of nursing staff regarding nursing/medical/client care.
  • Assist with hiring, orientation, and training of nursing and care-giving staff.
  • Review nursing documentation and medical records for compliance with nursing policies.
  • Develop/enhance/maintain nursing practices that are aligned with accepted best practices.
  • Assist Program Manager with nursing staff disciplinary issues; nursing staff schedule changes, issues, holiday coverage; ensuring exceptional/positive performance from nursing staff; other personnel-related reports as appropriate or required.
  • Work with Program Manager to conduct annual performance appraisals on all assigned personnel.

Operations Management

  • Schedule nursing staff for shifts on a monthly and as-needed basis; ensure that scheduled shifts are satisfactorily implemented; ensure that the required ratios are in place for nurses; take the Charge Nurse shift as necessary for effective operations.
  • Assist Program Manager with ordering supplies and equipment; ensure that supplies are maintained at an appropriate level and that the expenditure rate for stock is in keeping with the client load.
  • Oversee health and safety issues in the day-to-day care of clients served.

Client Recruitment and Care

  • Work with Program Manager and other agency personnel to communicate availability of services, address funding issues, and coordinate other services that may be appropriate for the client/families.
  • Attend or assign appropriate nurse to attend Support Plan meetings for each resident.

Administrative Management

  • Ensure complete and accurate nursing records on all clients are kept.
  • Take “on call” duty and/or delegate assignment of such duty.
  • Work with Program Manager to complete necessary documentation for billing functions.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work effectively as a member of FamilyForward’s administration.
  • Exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping with the ethical standards of the agency and the profession.
  • Assist in other programs of the agency as time and expertise allow.
  • Participate in agency-wide public relations and fund raising efforts.
  • Complete required continuing education/professional development hours by attending relevant conferences in the community, and by utilizing current professional publications.
  • Perform related work as required or as delegated by supervisor.
  • Encourage staff to identify opportunities for improvement around the agency and in their practice.
  • Use data to improve services and client outcomes

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Dependability (includes good attendance).
  • Cooperation and teamwork.
  • Communication skills.
  • Initiative/judgement/problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility.
  • Leadership.
  • Customer/client service.
  • Conflict management.
  • Staffing.
  • Attention to safety.

Education and Experience:

  • Registered Nurse with a minimum of three years experience in direct care.
  • Ability to establish and maintain sound professional relationships with administration, management, members of the nursing staff, clients, and the professional community.
  • Ability to carry out disciplinary actions when required, to implement policies, procedures and practices, and effect changes as needed.
  • Must be licensed to practice nursing in the state of Missouri.
  • Must have current CPR certification.
  • Operate a PC terminal utilize Microsoft Office.
  • Operate a telephone, calculator, photocopier, and fax machine.

Committee Membership:

  • Serve on FamilyForward and external committees and attend various meetings in the community related to the needs of the agency.
  • Serve on the FamilyForward PQI Committee, communicate agency PQI philosophy to staff, and involve staff in PQI process.

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision. (Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

Job Relationships: Reports to Program Manager, Residential and Respite Services. Supervises nursing staff.

Please submit cover letter and resume to


Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

FamilyForward is seeking a part-time Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Duties include but are not limited to: assessing the health and medical needs of children, performing all medical procedures and treatments (such as G-tube and NG-tube feeding, tracheotomy care, dressing changes, PPD, PROM, application and removal of splints, etc. Reviewing, administering, and charting all medications ordered. Preparing written reports, nursing notes, client charts, and goal charts. Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required. FamilyForward provides integrated and coordinated care to children and their families struggling with issues related to childhood abuse and neglect. The Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to


Language Advocate (PRN On Call)

Summary: Language Advocates will be working directly with ROW’s Multilingual Access Program (MAP). The program has been developed to respond to the needs of non-English speaking battered women and their children who are receiving services through local domestic violence programs. The program is based upon the strong belief that all women experiencing intimate partner violence should be provided with advocacy and support that is language accessible, which validates their cultural worldview, and that, at the same time, does not condone domestic violence. This position is an on-call position and will be working varied hours, as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Providing accurate interpretation for battered women in participating programs.
  • Assisting primary advocates in providing culturally competent services to battered women.
  • Contacting participating agency point person for orientation, assignments, and de-briefing.
  • Submitting required paperwork.
  • Attending group meetings, in-services, and staff gatherings.
  • To be successful a person must be bilingual in Arabic, Farsi/Dari or Spanish, and English and have a good understanding of linguistic and cultural issues faced by non-English speaking women and their children.
  • Previous experience of interpretation/translation a plus.
  • Transportation: Possession of a valid driver’s license, a personal automobile and valid automobile insurance is required.
  • All employees must exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping the ethics of the profession and FamilyForward.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • The establishment of rapport and responsive behaviors with persons served.
  • Collaboration with other disciplines and community services in meeting the needs of individuals and families in crisis, including special service needs of victims of violence, abuse, or neglect and their family members.
  • Procedures for working with foreign language speakers and persons with communication impairments.
  • Procedures for working with public assistance and government subsidies.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, and procedure manuals, as well as professional books and articles. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, clients, or other employees of the organization.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with survivors of intimate partner violence. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Reliable vehicle required as this position requires working in the field and occasionally transporting participants. Out-of-town travel may be required on occasion.
  • Previous experience of interpretation/translation a plus.
  • Practical problems with a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations.

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Employee will frequently be required to drive to different locations, lift files, open filing cabinets, reaching overhead, repetitive use of hands/arms and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
(Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

The job functions listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Relationships: ROW Multilingual Program Coordinator.

Please submit cover letter and resume to


Direct Support Staff

FamilyForward is seeking full-time and part-time Direct Support Staff. Certified Nurse Assistant preferred but not required. High school diploma required and experience in customer service or the healthcare field. Duties include providing personal care, which includes bathing, diapering, dressing, undressing, feeding and hygiene of residents; turning or re-positioning bedfast patients to prevent bedsores. Records vitals, observations, visitors, and any other information requested by the Charge Nurse on each shift. Immediately reports resident health care problems to the Charge Nurse. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and complete a background check and drug screening. The Direct Support Staff positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to