The Lutheran Safe Haven Short-Term Foster Care Program is a 24-hour program that serves young persons in immigration custody who are awaiting release to their sponsors. The Safe Haven Transitional Foster Care/ Shelter Case Manager provides oversight and support to these young persons. Major responsibilities of the Transitional Foster Care/ Shelter Case Manager are to identify appropriate parents or guardians to whom the young persons may be released, and to identify any concerns found with potential sponsors with the Federal Field Specialist. The Transitional Foster Care/ Shelter Case Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the young person in care is receiving essential services such as: medical, mental health, and dental care; basic education; orientation; and legal screening.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assess the needs of and provide support and case management services to all young persons in program.
- Conduct regular safety assessments of unaccompanied minors in the foster home in accordance with local, state and Federal rules and regulations.
- Ensure that individual service plans are implemented for all children in caseload, in accordance with all applicable regulations and LSSNY policies.
- Screen for human trafficking concerns.
- Document in detail the provision of services in each unaccompanied minor’s case file.
- Maintain records of services.
- Arrange for medical services, health screening, and mental health assessment of young persons.
- Help young persons identify and screen prospective sponsors, interview home country families as well.
- Assist potential sponsors with completion of family reunification packets and refer them to fingerprinting.
- Assist in supervising the minors when needed.
- Guide young person in demonstrating positive behavior, including participating in proper maintenance of the home, performance of chores, helping with shopping, meal preparation, and other household routines.
- Provide foster parents with support in guiding young persons in activities of daily living, including good personal hygiene.
- Arrange and accompany children in special cases to appointments.
- Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations, including but not limited to HIPAA.
- Adhere to program guidelines and schedules.
- Enforce all safety rules and regulations in accordance with agency policies and procedures, and ensure that young persons comply with established foster home guidelines.
- Document and report all major and minor incidents in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
- Ensure all weekly and monthly reports and spreadsheets are completed on time.
- Facilitate the timely release or discharge of the unaccompanied minor when the time arrives.
- Other duties as required by direct supervisor or needs of the program/agency.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology, or other social service field, with particular focus on child and adolescent development; or
- Master’s Degree in any of the above fields preferred.
- Experience working with immigrant youth or child welfare services preferred.
- Some knowledge of nutrition.
- Knowledge of appropriate ACS/State regulations in disciplinary actions.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Strong communication and writing skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with consumers and co-workers.
- Knowledgeable about working with immigrant youth.
- Superior organizational skills and an ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to exercise enormous amount of patience and good judgment.
- Knowledgeable about ACS/OCFS regulations governing disciplinary actions a plus.
- Experience and facility with Microsoft Office Applications.
- Ability to manage time effectively, multi-task, and determine priorities.
- Resourceful and Bi-lingual Spanish speaking.
- Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
- CPR-Certified a plus