Family Therapist/Counselor/Social Worker-Homebuilders (King County)

Website Institute for Family Development

The Institute for Family Development (IFD) is recognized as a leader in providing family counseling services designed to keep children and youth safe, strengthen families, and reduce the need for placing youth into state-funded care. Founded in 1982, we are one of the largest providers of evidence-based services to youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Washington State.

Social justice is a foundational value of our organization, and we are fully committed to creating an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive agency culture where all staff thrive and can fulfill their potential. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruitment, support, and retention is how we will obtain the most diverse, highest quality workforce that shares, and helps us advance, our mission and values.

We are interested in individuals who are representative of the diverse populations we serve and are dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion through a trauma-informed lens. We are looking for people who want to “be the change” in their communities – to advance social justice in their work. We want clinicians who share our goal of ensuring all families are successful in our services, and Black, Indigenous and other children of color are not disproportionally represented in out-of-home placement.

 “A Social Justice approach to child welfare requires confronting racial and class bias, it requires concrete help for poor families, it requires humble tasks, and it requires stepping out of the role of noble healer and into the role of partner.”  Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

IFD’s internationally recognized Homebuilders program has openings for full-time, in-home therapists in King County, Washington. Homebuilders is one of the oldest “family preservation” programs in the country, and IFD is one of the leaders in home-based services for families. Our Homebuilders program is an evidence-based program, and is being replicated across the U.S. and other countries.

As a Homebuilders therapist, you will work with only 2 families at a time, enabling you to provide intensive and responsive services to families with children at imminent risk of out of home placement, or children being reunified with their families. This is your opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

The safety of our clients and employees is our top priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are temporarily providing many of our in-home services via telehealth. We have also implemented strict safety guidelines for in person sessions, including: health screens, mandatory face coverings for all participants, physical distancing requirements, and alternate meeting locations when meeting in the home environment is not safe.


  • A supportive team environment; excellent clinical supervision; licensure supervision; and comprehensive training, including at least 10 days of workshop training in the initial year (CEUs provided).
  • Flexible work hours, including evenings and weekends.  If you are tired of, or can’t see yourself in a 9-5 job, this is the job for you.
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, 20 days’ vacation, 12 days’ sick leave, 11 holidays a year, agency cell phone, and mileage compensation.
  • Hiring bonus allocated throughout first year of employment.
  • Add-on pay for bilingual proficiency

This is a great opportunity to work for an exciting and dynamic organization, and an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the child welfare services field: Our Homebuilders program is now being replicated in seven US states and British Columbia. We have received recognition from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP), the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Minimum qualifications:

  • MSW, MA preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and two years of related experience
  • Experience working with diverse populations preferred
  • Bilingual proficiency in English/Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Must reside in the county in which services are provided

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IFD is an equal opportunity employer.

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