Family Assistance Coordinator

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences


The Mission of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is to provide medical examiner and crime laboratory services of the highest quality in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.


To provide consistent, quality death investigation and laboratory analysis for the benefit of the entire community.


To create a technological strongpoint for legal agencies to facilitate justice in criminal and civil proceedings.


To establish an academic environment for training in the field of Forensic Science.


Brief Family Assistance Coordinator Overview:

The Family Assistance Coordinator serves as a liaison between the Department and decedent families by locating family members, notifying family of the death, explaining Department processes, obtaining medical and social history of the decedent, and attempting to gather any additional relevant information; maintains essential community relationships with other victim service agencies, chaplains, and others; attends certain death scenes upon request by the Forensic Investigator.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Locates decedent family members, notifies the family of the death, explains Department processes to family, obtains information related to decedent’s medical and social history and all other relevant information needed to assist pathologists with a comprehensive determination of cause and manner of death.
  • Identifies appropriate crisis intervention, social services, bereavement, and counseling support, and when necessary, crime victim assistance resources for families.
  • Ensures timely communication with Department Forensic Investigators, law enforcement crime victim liaisons, and other relevant people / agencies, to provide accurate case status information; provides for complete transition of information from Division shift to shift and team to team.
  • Attends death scenes to assist Forensic Investigators with speaking to family members and others on scene.
  • Maintains and continues development of the Volunteer Chaplain Program and coordinates and manages the social work internship program.
  • Other Duties as assigned:
    1. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are requested of the employee for this position.
    2. Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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