Foster Parent Trainer

Job Type

Full Time
Contract

Published

09/24/2018

Address

475 Riverside Drive
Suite 1244
New York
NY
10115
United States

Description

POSITION:            Foster Parent Trainer

Safe Haven for Children Program


REPORTS TO:        Assistant Director of Safe Haven for Children Program


CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time


EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT: Non-Exempt (Salaried)



GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Safe Haven for Children Program serves young persons in immigration custody who are awaiting release to their sponsors. This is a 24-hour program. The Foster Parent Trainer identifies prospective short-term foster parents, finds appropriate homes for unaccompanied minors, screens and trains foster parents, prepares home studies, and ensures that all required documentation of foster care cases is in compliance with federal requirements and state laws and regulation. The Foster Parent Trainer supports program staff, specifically around recruiting, home finding, identifying and developing community relationships with trainers.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·        Recruit resource (i.e. short-term foster) parents within the five boroughs of NYC.

·        Assess potential resource parents’ abilities and motivations for becoming resource parents.

·        Conduct home visits to assess and compile documents required to complete home studies, recertification, etc.

·        Prepare home studies.

·        Conduct trainings and orientation sessions for prospective resource parents.

·        Create and implement annual training curriculum for foster parents within ORR requirements.

·        Research material for trainings.

·        Regularly enter all required information, data, etc., into program systems/ case files as required by program policies and procedures.

·        Ensure compliance with local, state, and Federal rules and regulations, including but not limited to HIPAA.

·        Process resource parent applications in a timely manner.

·        Ensure that all background clearances are conducted (i.e.: State Central Registry (SCR), Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), etc.).

·        Process and monitor receipt of required certification and recertification documents.

·        Create and maintain resource parents’/applicants’ records/files.

·        Attend required meetings and trainings (Administration for Children Services (ACS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), etc.).

·        Assist in developing outreach materials.

·        Develop and implement outreach strategies to maximize agency presence within communities.

·        Liaise with community organizations, i.e., Community Partnership Initiative.

·        Follow up with families to obtain any outstanding required documents.

·        Certify and recertify homes within CONNECTIONS.

·        Receive and process intake calls.

·        Create and maintain active and inactive resource parents’ records.

·        Verify compliance of foster homes with Federal, state and city regulations.

·        Perform other duties as required by direct supervisor or needs of the program/agency.

·        Maintain regular contact with active foster parents.

·        Document contact with foster parents in progress/case notes.


SUPERVISES:

·        Volunteers as needed


QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

·        Bachelors degree in social work or related field


EXPERIENCE:

·        Minimum of two years’ relevant experience


SKILLS & ABILITIES:

·        Strong communication and writing skills (in English and Spanish)

·        Ability to work collaboratively with consumers and co-workers

·        Knowledgeable about working with foster care youth and children and families at risk

·        Ability to manage time effectively, multi-task and determine priorities

·        High degree of organization and attention to detail

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·        Resourceful/Solution-focused

·        Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including occasional weekends.

·        Bilingual (Spanish) required

·        Experience and facility with Microsoft Office Applications and OCFS Connections

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficient in Spanish and English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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