The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) seeks a Family Resource Specialist to recruit, train, license, re-license and provide ongoing support services to current and potential foster care families. The Family Resource Specialist will report to the Program Manager and will work Tuesday-Saturday.
- Screens prospective foster care parents to determine their eligibility to be foster parents.
- Prepares foster care parent recruitment/outreach packages for individuals and community organizations.
- Conducts home visits, interviews each family member, collects relevant information and prepares home study reports and submits them to supervisor for review and approval.
- Submits completed foster care parents' family files to CFSA for review and approval for licensing;
- Provides a licensing package to foster families ten calendar days after the official licensing date and ensures all documentation is updated.
- Documents all contacts with youth and their families that are relevant for licensing.
- Enters information into LAYC's data tracking system at least once a week;
- Becomes familiar with DC Department of Health Chapter 60 and Chapter 16 on foster homes licensing and child-placing agencies and CFSA implementation plan.
- Attends mandatory FACES training to become proficient in entering foster care families information into FACES in a timely and accurate manner.
- Ensures foster family files and homes are in compliance with all CFSA, LAYC and Department of Health family and programmatic licensing requirements; maintains each family's file up-to-date.
- Assists in the in-service training of potential foster parents using the Parents' Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE) manual.
- Coordinates all aspects of the renewal of the foster care parents re-licensing process.
- Identifies and contracts with professionals to provide training for foster parents (each parent must complete a minimum of 15 hours of training from the date of licensure).
- Prepares monthly stipends for families and submits them to the program manager for review.
- Orders items needed for licensing, e.g. furniture for foster children.
- Assists in the placement of new foster children.
- Refers potential foster parents to and/or makes arrangements for CPR and First Aid Classes and medical appointments required for licensing.
- Helps foster parents renew their clearances in a timely manner.
- Conducts follow ups and addresses issues resulting from LAYC home evaluations and re-evaluations, with fire inspections and with CFSA home evaluations.
- Assists social workers and other team members in the prevention of placement disruptions; assists in event planning as part of the program retentions activities.
- Meets weekly with the program manager to discuss programmatic and operational issues.
- Attends monthly program and division meetings.
- Attends professional development sessions as allowed by time and funding constraints.
- Prepares monthly and statistical reports and submits them to the program manager by the first or last working day of the month.
- Performs other activities specifically assigned by the program manager.
IV. TO APPLY
Send a résumé and cover letter to
Foster Care Program Manager.
- Bachelor's degree in social work required, with a DC license at the associates level preferred;
- At least one year of experience working with children, adolescents and families; and knowledge of child and family development
- Ability to relate to a culturally-diverse population
- Fluent in English and Spanish
- Excellent writing skills
- Excellent oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Flexible schedule, including evenings and Saturdays
- Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances
- Computer proficiency
- Driver's license