Jobs at CFS

Thanks for your interest in working at Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan (CFS). We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving 20+ counties of northern Michigan. The mission of CFS is to strive to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, adults, and families in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition. Learn more about our work at We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate. See our full EOE disclosure below.

Current Job Opportunities:

Family Resource Specialist – Traverse City

Immediate opening for a full-time Family Resource Specialist in its Traverse City office. Responsibilities include all aspects of licensing foster/adoptive homes including matching children with foster/adoptive homes, training foster parents, and the recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive homes. Duties include screening, training, conducting home studies, and submitting all documentation required to license and maintain these homes. An ability to learn and manage data systems will also be critical. Other assigned tasks related to program goals and standards may be requested by the Family Resource Supervisor, which may include some nights and weekends. Excellent communication skills, follow-through, self-organization, self-direction, dependability, and strong assessment and writing skills are required.

Qualifications: The Family Resource Specialist should have a minimum of bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology, psychology, social work, or a related human service field. Preference may be given to candidates with previous certification experience and training.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Aprille Sutton, Child Welfare Director, at Visit for more information about Child & Family Services.

Foster Care Family Support Worker – Harbor Springs

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to help families succeed? We have an immediate opening for a part-time Family Support Worker in our Harbor Springs office. This position provides support to foster care specialists, foster parents, legal parents, and children in achieving treatment plan objectives of foster care cases. Family Support Workers provide and facilitate supervised parenting for referrals from DHS, Friend of the Court, and others. Transporting children to appointments and visits is also required. Associate’s Degree and previous work with children required; Bachelor’s or equivalent experience preferred.

Submit resume and cover letter to Michelle Nichols, Harbor Springs Site Supervisor, 3434 M-119, Suite F, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, or


Youth Shelter Direct Care Worker – Traverse City

MIDNIGHT SHIFT WORKER NEEDED for 11pm -7am shift. Pete’s Place Youth Shelter has an immediate opening for a Direct Care Worker. The position is part-time, up to 28 hours per week, with a flexible schedule required. Position offers paid time off, sick time, and increased hourly wage for holiday shifts.

Pete’s Place is the only voluntary, free youth shelter in northern Lower Michigan. Pete’s Place staff help by providing non-judgmental support to help overcome life’s many challenges. Pete’s Place provides crisis intervention, information and referrals, individual and family counseling, and more.

Qualifications:  Minimum high school diploma, college education in human services preferred; reliable automobile; acceptable driving record; and adequate motor vehicle insurance. Valid CPR/First Aid certification preferred. 

Examples of Duties: Responsible for providing direct care to residents of the Pete’s Place Shelter including but not limited to: working rotating shifts; completing intakes and discharges; collaboration with treatment team; meal delivery; supervision of daily activities; cleaning and maintaining property; facilitating youth groups; supervising in-house school; transportation to/from school or appointments; and planning recreational activities.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit letter of interest and resume to Melissa Ryba at


Third Level Crisis Counselor – Traverse City

Do people tell you that you’re a good listener? Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to support individuals as they overcome crisis? Child & Family Services has an immediate opening for a part-time Third Level Crisis Counselor to serve in its 24-hour Third Level Crisis Unit. The position is up to 28 hours per week with a flexible schedule including midnight shifts.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in a human service field is required. Experience in crisis intervention preferred. Successful completion of internal crisis intervention training required.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide crisis intervention, information and referral, and mental health emergency services by telephone, in person, and via text to a 19 county area in Northern Michigan, including service through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Respond to people calling about other Third Level/Child and Family Services programs, including after-hours calls.
  • Conduct lethality assessments on all persons served who may be considered a threat to themselves or others.
  • Dispatch on-call workers for organizations that contract with Third Level for such services.
  • Provide timely and accurate documentation of all work conducted.
  • Participate in the maintenance of Crisis Unit systems and functions.
  • Submit required reports on a timely basis.
  • Represent CFS/Third Level at meetings or events as requested.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to Mickie Jannazzo, Director of Crisis and Youth Services by email to or in writing to 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684. For more information, visit


That’s all for now. Please check back regularly for updates!


Interested in completing an internship? Contact Paula Smith, Director of Behavioral Health at or (231) 946-8975.

Interested in volunteer opportunities? Visit or contact Teri Hedrich, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (231) 946-8975 ext. 1038.

Child & Family Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services including foster care and adoption. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff,  clients, volunteers, vendors, and supporters. 

Child & Family Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or for any other reason.