Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a national operating foundation that provides and improves—and ultimately prevents the need for—foster care. We value a diverse and culturally competent workplace.
The Field Office Family Developer is responsible for maintaining a complement of quality licensed foster care providers who are available as placement resources to the Field Office. In compliance with Casey Family Programs’ Practice Standards and state licensing requirements, the Field Office Family Developer recruits, screens, evaluates, and retains prospective families as permanency partners. The Family Developer assesses their suitability to provide quality foster care, guardianship, and adoptive care, resulting in legal and relational permanency through reunification, legal guardianship or adoption.
% of Time
· Develops and implements, in collaboration with other Field Office and Headquarters staff, permanency placement resource recruitment and retention strategies. Screens and processes inquiries using appropriate documentation. Prepares comprehensive home studies and family assessments on prospective resource parents. Educates potential families on the need/desire for legal and relational permanency and on various permanency options available. Networks and forms relationships with local communities and child placement agencies to develop and maintain a culturally diverse resource pool.
· Maintains proper documentation and contacts with assigned families, adhering to agency practice standards and licensing requirements. Includes oversight of and tracking licensing documentation necessary for licensure and re-licensure. Assists with re-licensing of Child Placing Agency (CPA) and licensing reviews. Develops working knowledge of all state and county foster care licensing and/or certification regulations. In collaboration with local child placement agencies, develops and implements pre-service orientation and training events
· Represents the agency in a public relations capacity, giving presentations within the community to promote Casey’s mission and the critical need for families to meet the permanency requirements of youth. Accesses & coordinates local media via Casey’s Headquarters Communications Department to keep the Program’s mission and needs visible within the community. Includes community education about legal permanency, foster care, kinship care, legal guardianship, and adult adoptions. Assists in Systems Improvement (SI) work efforts.
· Provides supports and maintains relationships with foster parents with extra emphasis on those families who have placements pending, or who are experiencing crisis, placement moves, etc. Maintains close relationship with Casey parents while transitioning youth into the home and assists Casey staff in monitoring the dynamics of the placement process. Plans and coordinates activities and social functions for foster families as needed.
· Identifies and maintains a pool of foster families able to provide respite, interim, and regular care for youth in foster care. Oversees the development, coordination, and delivery of on-going foster parent education that meets licensing/training requirements as well as the needs of youth in foster care. Consults frequently with Field Office staff responsible for screening and assigning child intakes to plan for permanency placement needs. Works conjointly with Field Office staff on planned interventions as well as unplanned emergencies with families and youth.
· Assists in annual budget process from Field Office Family Developer’s domain to include: foster parent training and development, recruitment and licensing/certification expenditures, and planning for expenses related to the Field Office’s social functions.
· Other duties as assigned
· Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field from an accredited institution with 5 years relevant experience in foster care services or related area.
· Expertise in the areas of permanency, improved well-being outcomes for youth in care, and family engagement, community supports and evidenced based and promising practices aimed at strengthening families and ensuring child safety required. Clinical expertise in the area of family systems and knowledge in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence necessary.
· Travel required for home visits, meetings with families, and other regularly meetings are required. Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.
· Specific experience in successful recruitment and retention of resource families is preferred. Broad knowledge of social work practice and clinical theory, including diagnostic and treatment skills in family systems approach, is essential.
· Knowledge of local, state, and national laws, policies and procedures governing foster family licensure is preferred. This position requires an exceptional ability to relate well to children and families of varied cultural, socioeconomic, and life-style backgrounds.
· Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical for this position.
· Basic computer knowledge and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) is necessary.
· Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function.