Job Identification

Job Title:

Foster Family Support Specialist

Department:

Child & Family Services

Division:

Foster Care

Wage Category:

Non-exempt

Reports To:

Program Supervisor

Written By:

Program Supervisor

Approved By:

Chief Executive Officer

Date Revised:

January 2015

Job Summary:

The Foster Family Support Specialist is responsible for providing support and monitoring to current Foster Parents, assisting with recruitment of potential foster parents and completing foster home evaluations/re-evaluations.

Essential Duties:

  • Monitoring foster families for compliance with the regulations in ARS Article 58.
  • Supporting foster families in their daily pursuit for providing care for foster children.
  • Assist with the development of the communities’ strategies for recruitment of adoptive and/or foster care families.
  • Assist with recruitment activities, home studies and training for adoptive and foster care families.
  • Maintain client records in compliance with Casa and governmental requirements.
  • Facilitate adoptive and foster parent support groups, as assigned.
  • May prepare activity summaries for grant reporting requirements.
  • Participate in Casa committees as assigned.
  • Must obtain and maintain certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must obtain 48 hours of job competency training in first year of employment and 24 hours each year thereafter.
  • Must drive on behalf of the agency and may be required to transport clients to and from appointments, meetings and/or other relevant errands.

Agency Expectations:

  • Adheres to agency policies & procedures
  • Acts as a role model within and outside the agency
  • Performs duties as workload necessitates
  • Maintains a positive and respectful attitude
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues
  • Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management skills and ability to prioritize workload
  • Meets department performance/productivity standards
  • Must complete New Hire Orientation Training

Qualifications:

  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree with experience and demonstrated skills, in the major job categories.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the areas of engaging the family and child; providing acceptable methods of in-home family support; knowledge and skill in both individual and family group processes; and supporting the case plan for the Department of Child Safety.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and application of cultural sensitivity to situations involving children, foster families and biological families.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the timely and accurate maintenance of clinical records according to agency standards, appropriate professional boundaries and ethics specific to the agency and professional position/certification; understanding and complying with agency policies and procedures including behavior management, ethics and documentation.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in the professional, timely interacting with internal and external customers and community professional and knowledge of community resources; educational activities and training, including behavior management and life skills; positive parenting skills, and referral sources; adult training in group settings, agency curricula and general public awareness.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in working in a team environment including other professions.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in providing timely, accurate and complete required periodic home evaluations/re-evaluations and on-going monitoring visits; knowledge and application of licensing and certification regulations, evaluating changing home environment and recommending appropriate corrective action when needed.
  • Must have a valid Arizona driver’s license and meet coverage qualifications of the Casa de los Niños automobile insurance provider.
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish).

Other Relevant Information

Relationships:

  • Reports to the Foster Care Program Supervisor
  • Recruits and licenses foster families
  • Representative to the community and governmental representatives
  • Works with agency medical staff in the provision of services to foster families

Working Conditions:

  • The working conditions of the Foster Family Support Specialist vary greatly, due to the nature of the in-home work.  Most of the time is spent traveling to and working in foster parents’ home.
  • The Foster Family Support Specialist may be exposed to any environmental or situational hazards that may occur in homes.  The remainder of the time is spent working in the office or in meetings at other agencies.
  • The Foster Family Support Specialist must be available to the Foster Care Program Supervisor for questions or concerns.
  • The Foster Family Support Specialist is on-call by cell phone 24 hours a day during weekdays and as scheduled on weekends for clients.

Physical Demands:

  • Inquire with Supervisor

Level of Supervision:

  • Low