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Foster Care Specialist
Job Code:2019-COLUMBUS-004
Location:Columbus Campus
Job Shifts

Job Responsibilities:
Purpose: The Foster Care Specialist is responsible for recruiting and on-boarding potential foster families as well as providing case support to current families and the children they serve.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
Develop and implement recruitment and marketing campaign to reach prospective foster families and promote HOPE Foster Care.
Respond to all inquiries from prospective foster parents.
Provide information meetings and initial screenings for foster parent inquiries.
Lead and /or co-facilitate IMPACT foster parent training.
Complete foster home assessments according to Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) standards, state regulations and agency policies and procedures.
Plan ongoing continuing education training courses for current foster families.
Maintain foster family files in compliance with all state/licensing regulations.
Provide comprehensive case management services and support to the foster parents and the children they serve according to State requirements and agency policy.
Provide additional training and consultation to assigned foster parents as needed.
Participate in on call schedule 
Attend and participate in foster care team meetings.
Maintain confidentiality and other responsibilities listed in governmental laws and regulations as well as company policies and procedures.  
Assists foster parents with transportation to appointments as needed and approved.
Attends case panel reviews, court hearings, school meetings and all other meetings pertaining to assigned clients. 
Responsible for reporting all incidents to the Foster Care Director and Case Support Supervisor.
Utilizes the Kaleidacare Data Information System.
Maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
Takes initiative to implement good practice and meet licensing and accreditation standards.
Completes assignments in a timely manner.
Is willing to take on additional responsibility in a positive manner.
Upholds the mission and values of The Methodist Home. 
Complete training necessary to perform position consistent program and agency staff development plans.
Completes related tasks as assigned by VP of Clinical Services, Director of Foster Care and Case Support Supervisor.
Demonstrate and understand the Sanctuary commitments.
Demonstrate a commitment to democracy by actively participating in team decisions.
Practice social responsibility evidenced by dependability and reliability. 
Communicate openly to establish and maintain effective working relationship with people at all levels.
Utilize appropriate Sanctuary tools when interacting with colleagues and residents.
Adhere to the seven commitments of Sanctuary when carrying out work responsibilities.

Job Qualifications:
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

Must possess a Bachelors Degree in Social Work or other human service or behavioral science field.
Must have a minimum of two years casework experience.
Evening/Weekend hours and travel required.
Ability to meet and handle the public with poise and tact.
Pleasant telephone voice.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Working knowledge of :
o Casework process, including the ability to prepare concise progress/ notes and make judgments and recommendations based on such information.
Ability to interface and build relationships with children, their families and a variety of service providers and collaterals.
Knowledge of child care practices, developmental issues, and group processes and practices which are important to this position.
Must possess the skill of active listening
Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office, Internet, E-mail, etc.
Must be able to multi task in a fast paced work environment.
Ability to understand and consistently implement policies and procedures of the Agency.
Ability to interact and work cooperatively and effectively with other personnel, foster children and foster families.
Ability to show sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural difference in the service population
Ability to uphold the mission and values of The Methodist Home. 

Essential Physical Requirements:
Duties are performed in a variety of environments ranging from highly stressful and potentially aggressive to casual and leisurely.
Necessary stamina and temperament to work with children and youth who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavior disorders.
Duties include repetitive hand motions such as typing.
Duties include sitting at a computer for both long and short durations of time.
Duties include some travel to foster homes and transportation of foster children.
Constant sitting, standing, walking, talking, hearing, near vision, and driving.
Duties include some evenings and weekends.

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