Trainer (Therapeutic Foster Care)

Job Type

Full Time




10455 White Granite Drive
Suite 100
United States


The Trainer helps plan and execute goals and activities to recruit, train, and retain foster, respite and resource families. Trainer develops supportive relationships with families to see them through successful completion of certification process and ongoing participation in educational and development activities. All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.

Essential Job Duties: 

Outreach and Recruitment:

  • Participates in outreach activities to recruit foster, respite and resource families. These may include networking, planning and attending recruitment events, building and maintaining community partnerships, and hosting informational meetings.
  • Helps plan pre-service orientation sessions for prospective foster, respite and resource parents.


  • Conducts in-depth interviews with prospective foster, respite and resource families to gather information for and write home studies.
  • Conducts one-on-one, in-person orientation sessions with prospective foster, respite and resource parents to provide comprehensive information about program and licensing/certification requirements.
  • Collects required documents for and compiles/maintains a record for each family participating in the assessment/pre-service process.

Training and Development:

  •  Helps schedule and coordinate pre-service training for prospective families.
  • Prepares materials for and co-trains three day-long PRIDE®-curriculum-based pre-service orientation classes.
  • Maintains supportive relationship and telephone or in-person contact with prospective families throughout pre-training/orientation process.

Quality Assurance:

  •  Contacts certified foster, respite and resource families at regular intervals and conducts recertification visits as required by state licensing standards.
  • Monitors certified families’ compliance with state and program regulations and provides re-training as necessary.
  • Maintains certified foster family files in accordance with program/licensing/state/Medicaid requirements.

 Support Activities:

  •   Shares responsibility for covering 24/7 placement referral cell phone.
  • Takes lead role in staffing placement referrals with TFC team and contacting certified foster, respite and resource parents.
  • Participates in placement and discharge planning as needed.
  • Participates in regular supervision with supervisor by providing regular updates and preparing case presentations.
  • Helps conduct fee-for-service adoption home studies.
  • Stays current on program software and licensing requirements for private foster care provider agencies.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Must have one of the following: 
  • Doctorate or Master’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or in a field related to social work such as sociology, psychology, education or counseling.
  • Baccalaureate degree in social work or a field related to social work including sociology, psychology, education or counseling and one year of experience providing casework services to children and families
  • Baccalaureate degree in any field plus two years’ experience providing casework services to children and families.

  • Each of the above must include either one year student internship experience providing casework services to children and families or one year of employment providing casework services to children and families.

  • Prefer:
  • At least two (2) years related work experience providing case management to children and families
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Experience  providing therapeutic services
  • Some supervision experience helpful
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English helpful
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Additional Requirements Include:

  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. 
  • Must be comfortable in a variety of home conditions.
  • Local travel required.
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work non-traditional hours.
  • Successful completion of background checks

This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified. 

Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.


This is a benefited position.

NVFS is committed to providing a comprehensive, competitive and cost-effective benefits package that promotes a culture of employee well-being. NVFS shares a significant portion of the premium cost for employee and dependent health, dental and vision insurance, and provides a rich array of benefits offerings to meet the wide variety of employee needs.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual skills in English and Spanish helpful but not required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in being part of the team. The Hiring Manager will contact you directly if your qualifications and experience appear to be a suitable match and you are selected for an interview. If you do not see a position that is right for you at this time, we hope you will revisit us to learn about future opportunities.