Parent Mentor (Bilingual Spanish Mothers)

Peer Support Gresham, Oregon


TITLEParent Mentor – Bilingual Spanish Mothers - LIFE Program
POSITION: Full-Time/ In-Person 
LOCATION: Multnomah County
TYPICAL HOURS: Monday – Friday 8am – 4.30pm
SALARY: $21.64/hr. - $23.02/hr. (Bilingual $23.59/hr. - $25.10/hr.)
Morrison Child and Family Services: We are a Joint Commission and Sanctuary accredited non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of services to children, adolescents, and their families. As an agency, Morrison, its team members, and clients commit to the following values of trauma-informed care:  
  • Nonviolence - being safe and doing the right thing 
  • Emotional Intelligence - managing our feelings so we don’t hurt ourselves or others 
  • Social Learning - respecting and sharing ideas of our teams 
  • Democracy - shared decision making whenever possible 
  • Open Communication - saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it 
  • Social Responsibility - everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture 
  • Growth and Change - creating hope for our clients and ourselves 
  • Equity - Assuring all can survive and thrive 

Are you a parent in recovery? Do you have lived experience of addiction, recovery, and DHS child welfare involvement? Come support parents’ efforts to reunite with their children and find their path to recovery. Morrison Child & Family Services is seeking a female identifying person with shared lived experiences of addiction recovery and a closed DHS Child Welfare case.

 The Parent Mentor Program offers a supportive & inspiring workplace for people in recovery, including an employee resource group for staff of color. Our motto is: RECOVERY FIRST-FAMILY SECOND-WORK THIRD! 

Position Summary:

The LIFE Program is a strength-based, trauma informed and culturally responsive approach to working toward permanency for children in foster care, in which mentors and other service providers partner collaboratively with DHS to support families. Empowering and coaching parents through their case with DHS, supporting them at monthly Case Planning Meetings and court hearings, driving parents to appointments, and providing support for other mentors on the team are all important aspects of this work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a trusting relationship with assigned parents by providing regular contact and support, including attending court and/or meetings with DHS when requested by parents
  • Communicate positively and professionally with DHS staff and work collaboratively to support families identified for the L.I.F.E. Program
  • Build relationships with Child Welfare staff and serve as a positive representative for the Parent Mentor Program within DHS
  • Assist DHS Child Welfare staff in recognizing issues of addiction and recovery
  • Link parents with treatment services and community resources as needed
  • Support parents in developing positive parenting and making positive choices
  • Empower parents to advocate for themselves and their family by coaching parents in understanding the boundaries and expectations of DHS
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a thorough knowledge and application of the Sanctuary model and other organizational policies & practices. 
  • Participate in staff development, in-services, and training related to equity and inclusion in the workplace; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend, and implement improvements to business practices with awareness and understanding of the impact in a trauma-informed and culturally diverse organization.

Experience/Education Requirements :

  • Personal experience and knowledge of addiction issues 
  • Minimum 2 years in active recovery from using alcohol and other drugs 
  • Personal experience of a ODHS Child Welfare case, closed for a minimum 1 year required 
  • High School Diploma or GED or high school level writing and reading skills.
Other Requirements: 
  • Position requires personal transportation allowing for regular travel within Multnomah County for meetings and trainings in a timely manner. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and personal auto liability insurance 
  • Must pass a criminal history check
Why join us? 
  • Benefits and Perks – Extensive benefit package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. Company provided Life and Long-Term Disability. Paid vacation and sick time. Transportation stipend for employees working at our downtown location. 
  • We make a difference in our community – At Morrison we provide a comprehensive continuum of mental health, substance abuse and prevention and education services for youth, from birth through age 21. We work with families and communities to make a difference in every child’s life. 
We are an Affirmative Action Plan Employer. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. In compliance with our Affirmative Action Plan, Morrison uses E-Verify to determine employment eligibility after an offer is accepted.
Applications will be reviewed as received.  Morrison reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. 
Morrison employees are offered a variety of benefits including Medical, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  
If your personal values align with our agency's vision and dedication to serving youth and families, please submit your résumé, application, and cover letter to