Good Shepherd Services - Bronx, NY

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Good Shepherd Services

, a leading NYC non-profit committed to the success of young people and families, is currently seeking a Home Finding Case Worker, for our Family Foster Care Program in the Bronx.

This position performs a wide range of activities related to the certification of foster homes. The job's objective is to study and certify foster homes in a timely manner, while implementing all ACS and agency mandates. The goal of the position is to ensure that GSS has a sufficient pool of safe and nurturing foster and adoptive homes to meet the needs of the children referred for both temporary and permanent placements.

  • Conduct foster home visits/inspections
  • Interview foster parents/applicants and collect documents required to certify/re-certify their homes in accordance with ACS and agency guidelines
  • Interview foster parent applicants' references
  • Write foster care and adoption home study assessments
  • Write foster home re-certification assessments
  • Conduct MAPP and re-certification training
  • Fingerprint foster parent applicants and household members over the age of 18
  • Coordinate the processing of fingerprint background checks while working in collaboration with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Complete child abuse/neglect clearance forms on foster parent applicants, their household members, frequent visitors and back up resources
  • Coordinate the processing of child abuse/neglect background checks while working in collaboration with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Collect verification documents on all areas of health and safety
  • Assist the dept. in coverage of all telephone or written inquiries and ensure immediate response to applicants
  • Open the homes both internally and externally via Evolv and Connections computer systems
  • Participate/ lead foster parent support groups, focus groups, and committees, as assigned, to support foster families and promote retention of quality foster homes.
  • Represent the agency at appropriate outside meetings, committees and task forces as assigned
  • Participate in agency-based meetings, case conferences and other activities relevant to foster home certifications, re-certifications and performance.
  • Other duties as assigned to meet the job objective
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar) and self care I the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • At least 2 years experience in foster care or other social services field required
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required (especially Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Familiarity with State's Connections computer system preferred
  • MAPP certified preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Must be available to work some nights and weekends
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength-based, youth development and trauma-informed perspective.

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