Job Description

Kinship Navigator

UCFS is looking for candidates who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others! We are currently seeking a 

full-time Kinship Navigator to join our community-based Kinship Navigator Program. The Kinship Navigator program is a 6-month program intended to maximize the caregiver’s ability to provide safety and stability to the children placed in their homes by providing in-home psychoeducation and referrals to community providers for kinship foster caregivers and the children in their care.

The Kinship Navigator works with kinship foster families to provide them with support in their role as caregivers.  Navigators collaborate with families to develop a family-focused support plan to address their needs. They provide individual and family-focused interventions as well as information on parenting strategies and psychoeducation on caring for children who have experienced trauma. This non-model-based program allows navigators to use their lived experience and their understanding of challenges kinship caregivers encounter to best support families. This position offers a flexible schedule, a combination of remote and in-office work, and requires travel.

$5,000 sign on bonus!

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Respond to referrals about participation in C-KIN and follow up on the needs of families in a timely manner.
  • Conduct needs assessments to identify a kinship foster family’s needs in the following areas: basic needs, legal, child welfare, social support, health, caregiver education & training, family functioning, childcare, education & child development, and cultural support.
  • Assists families in setting goals and identifying action steps for achieving those goals.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of available services and resources for kinship caregivers and provide support in accessing those services.
  • Participate in training, meetings, and supervision.
  • Maintain accurate documentation and update the CKIN database in a timely manner.
  • Provide after-hours on-call support to kinship foster families on a rotating basis.


  • A minimum of 2 years of lived kinship/fictive kin care experience is required. Kinship care refers to the care of a child by a relative. Fictive kin care refers to the care of a child by someone who has a relationship with that child but is not a relative (family friend, teacher, coach, etc.) Lived experience also includes living in a home that provided kinship/fictive kin care even if you were not the caregiver.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services related field.
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility to work evening hours and occasional, but rare, weekend hours to meet family needs.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • The position requires 25% travel to client locations and provider offices.
  • Pay differential offered for bi-lingual applicants, Spanish/English-preferred
  • All employees at UCFS are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19

UCFS is committed to the professional development of our clinicians through:

  • Team meetings and case collaboration
  • UCFS prides itself in utilizing a supportive team approach to include interdepartmental collaboration to help better serve our communities.
  • Promoting self-care for our employees including an Employee Assistance Program

UCFS offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Flexible hybrid schedules
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous paid time off including 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, paid company holidays and 10 sick days each year
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 401(k) plan with 6% employer contribution
  • Paid life and disability insurance

UCFS does not just welcome diversity, we celebrate it! We strive for diversity throughout our organization to reflect and represent the communities we serve. UCFS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply.


How to Apply

United Community and Family Services Norwich