Family Foster Care
Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!
- To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
- To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
- To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.
WHO WE ARE
Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.
This position entails supervision of the assigned case planners including hiring, training and overseeing all aspects of their work. The program will establish close community ties, and be philosophically based in a strength approach and support a ‘family to family’ model of family foster care. The objective of the position is to ensure the safety, well-being and permanency for each child/family in the shortest period of time, using data to
- Orient new case planners to: assess safety, assess family strengths and needs; assess well-being; kinship issues; and cultural competence to support foster/kinship caretakers to provide a safe and nurturing environment.
- Supervise family foster care case planners weekly in the full range of services leading to the best plan for each family in the shortest time frame.
- Oversee an appropriate visiting plan for FFC families, moving from office visits to unsupervised and in- home visits as the case plan progresses toward a safe discharge.
- Network with community contacts for the purpose of making needed service referrals to the best quality of providers.
- Support and model for case planning staff by meeting with selected program participants and foster parents in complex case situations or when back up is needed.
- Monitor case planners calendars, and assist with organized planning to ensure monthly compliance with all contact requirements and paper work timeliness.
- Participate in appropriate staff meetings and interface as needed with the Central administration staff/office, agency attorney, etc.
- Review case planners paperwork for accuracy and completeness.
- Ensure coordination of all specialists’ contacts into the case plan and foster good team work among case planners and specialists or other staff with whom they share a case.
- Participate in Family Team Conferences and ensure parent and child's attendance
- Attend monthly supervisors meetings and contribute input into program issues and quality improvement
- Advocate for participants and staff with New York Children’s Services and the Courts as needed.
- Encourage and advance the use of the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in 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.
- Utilize Sanctuary Model principals in the supervisory practice.
- Utilize Solution Based Casework in the supervisory practice.
- Lead the implementation of Solution Based Casework model of casework practice within the department/program.
- Implement and integrate the principles and procedures of Solution Based Casework: assessment, family and individual level outcomes, action plans and documentation and celebration.
- Facilitate case consultation and offer support and guidance to ensure staff are adhering to the tenets of SBC.
- Integrate the practices of SBC into every supervisory session
- Participate in continued SBC training, coaching and the SBC certification process.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- LMSW preferred; MSW required with good organization and communication skills, flexible and able to make independent decisions.
- Prior family foster care experience required.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
- Must have a commitment to working from a strength based and/or youth development perspective.
- Must have computer skills to support versatility in CNNX.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.
We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should submit their resume by clicking Apply Now and indicating position & location of interest.
Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.
Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.