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  • Home Development Specialist

    Job ID
    2018-3059
    Location
    US-TX-Corpus Christi
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Shift/Hours
    1st Shift
    # of Openings Remaining
    1
  • Overview

    The Home Development Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing, and supporting a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy and program to recruit new foster and adoption families for Unaccompanied Children (UC) in accordance with agency standards, licensing and Council on Accreditation (COA) standards and funding requirements.

    Responsibilities

    Essential Duties  

    • Provide case management services and support to foster care parents and families and UAC in accordance with licensing standards, contract agreements, agency and COA standards, and funding requirements
    • Complete recruitment, intake/eligibility process, verification, assessment, approval, placement, and referral services to prospective foster care parents and families and UC
    • Provide direct care services to the UC; interact with UC in the foster care home and outside activities
    • Review and screen referrals to ensure UC are appropriate for foster care placement
    • Complete post placement supervision and re-verification for UC and foster care parents and families
    • Complete and submit all necessary documentation into case files and/or contracts to start or complete a foster care or adoption placement; ensure clinical documentation is submitted in accordance with Agency and licensing standards
    • Provide foster care parents and families with information and resources to aid them in the adoption, foster care placement, or care of a UC, such as licensing requirements
    • Create, implement, and manage a tracking system for foster families as they transition through each phase of the recruitment and verification process and post licensure
    • Complete home study interviews and reports in a timely manner
    • Plan, coordinate, schedule, and facilitate orientation for new foster parents and ongoing training for active foster parents and families
    • Provide ongoing support and case management services to foster care parents and families
    • Make regular visits to foster care homes and assess the needs and care of the UC
    • Monitor foster care homes to ensure homes are in compliance with Agency requirements and minimum standards for Child Placing agencies
    • Complete evaluation and monitor the nature, severity, and frequency of risks associated with the UC or placement
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned

     

    Working Relationships

    • Work closely with management, program staff, case management staff, interdisciplinary teams, and other program service providers to ensure foster care parents and families are aware of the full scope of available program services and resources
    • Work closely with Program Director and other service providers to ensure the program services are meeting the needs of the foster care parents, families, and UC and the program goals and objectives are being met
    • Work closely with foster care parents, families, and UC to build trust and a positive rapport, while maintaining ethical boundaries at all times. Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
    • 4 years’ relevant experience
    • CPMS certified
    • Strong interpersonal and people skills with the ability to work with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to write case notes in a clear and concise manner and with no grammatical errors
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
    • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills with the ability to use sound judgement and empathy
    • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to pay attention to detail and meet deadlines
    • Bilingual (English and Spanish) based on service area and service population

     

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
    • LMSW, LCSW, LPC
    • Previous experience in role within industry

     

    Physical Demands & Work Conditions

    • This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods of time
    • Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
    • Lift, push, pull, move up to 25 lbs.

     

    The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.

     

    Agreement

    The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.

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