Family Services Specialist
Treatment Foster Care Family Services Specialist Full-Time/Salaried SUMMARY- Leads the on-going effort to train and evaluate Teaching Parents (TP) for ITFC program. Provides trainings and guidance to Intercept staff to assist with the implementation of practice models. Support referral and admission coordination to include case management, interviewing, communicating with placing agency and case workers, and transportation of applicants. Maintains and updates database of referral information. Provides program development, or training, support as needed, including attendance at venues, and formulation of pertinent information and tools for foster parent recruitment efforts. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE- A doctorate or master's degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a field related to social work such as sociology, psychology, special education, or counseling, with a student placement in casework services to children and families or one year or experience in providing casework services to children and families; OR A baccalaureate degree in social work or a field related to social work including, but not limited to sociology, psychology, special education, or counseling and one year of experience in providing casework services to children and families; OR A baccalaureate degree in any field OR Experience in the field of foster care or experience in working with behavioral programs, counseling, and/or skills training is preferred. A minimum of one year of program administration is highly desirable. Experience in the field of foster care or experience in working with behavioral programs, counseling, and/or skills training is preferred. A minimum of one year of program administration is highly desirable Essential duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed. FAMILY SERVICES SPECIALIST- Lead training and evaluation of Teaching Parents in the TFC program. Establish positive working relationships with other community agencies that refer and support the children and families served by TFC. Serve on community boards or councils; inform other organizations of services provided by TFC, find areas of collaboration and mutual support externally to Intercept, and work towards strengthening the interagency process in assigned service area. Maintain and update database of referral information. Provide ongoing training and development, and providing Teaching Parent tools necessary for meeting program responsibilities. CASE WORKER- Interview children and families. Service planning by developing individualized treatment and service plans. Counsel children and families in preparation for placement or discharge. Supervise children in resource, foster, and adoptive homes; and in independent living arrangements. Prepare and maintain case records. Coordinate services to minimize fragmentation of care, reduce barriers, and link children with appropriate services to ensure comprehensive, continuous access to needed medical, social, educational, and other services appropriate to the needs of the child. Assess periodically to determine the child's needs for psychosocial, nutritional, medical, and educational services. Coordinate referrals by assisting the child in arranging for appropriate services and ensure continuity of care for a child in treatment foster care. Link the child to services and supports specified in the individualized treatment and service plan. Assist the child to locate or obtain needed services and resources. Coordinate services and service planning with other agencies and providers involved with the child by arranging, as needed, medical, remedial, and dental services. Monitor and follow up by assessing ongoing progress in each case and ensure services are delivered. Continually evaluate and review each child's plan of care. Collaborate with the family assessment and planning teams and other involved parties on reviews and coordination of services to children and their families. Educate and counsel by guiding the child and developing a supportive relationship that promotes the service plan. Collaborate closely with the family assessment and planning teams and other involved parties in preparation of all case plans. TREATMENT FOSTER CARE TEAM SUPPORT- Assist in referral, interview and admission process for potential/new clients as needed per approval by Program Supervisor. Assist with parent training in the initial orientation, ongoing, and pre-service as required. Provide 24 hour on call crisis intervention services in the home or by phone. Participate in on call rotation as designated by supervisor. Arrange respite care with consultation with the referring agency and supervisor's approval. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Current driver's license, safe automobile, and current and sufficient auto insurance. LCSW, LPC, or licensure eligible preferred.