SUMMARY:

The Family Resource Specialist I (FRS) is primarily responsible for the recruitment, training, licensing and evaluation of foster/host families. The FRS I provides on-going support to foster care families and takes the lead in the training, planning and implementation of extracurricular and social activities for foster parents.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Takes the lead in the recruitment of foster families.
  • Prepares recruitment/outreach packages;
  • Serves as the program’s community liaison; such as program spokesperson by speaking on the radio and create content to be shared in printed or online news media
  • Develop creative outlets for outreach methods, such as creating informational videos and using new and innovative websites for outreach (social media, community forums, etc.)
  • Manages the program’s social media accounts to keep them current and active with the purpose of supporting and recruiting foster parents;
  • Assist in the screening of prospective foster care parents to determine program eligibility;
  • Completes application and coordinates participation for pre and in-service trainings;
  • Completes quarterly family file audits to ensure that foster families are in full compliance with all COMAR, LAYC and Department of Health (DH) family and programmatic licensing requirements;
  • Assists with training families using the Parents’ Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE) manual and trains families and staff in First Aid and CPR; provides in-service training on relevant clinical subject matters, i.e., trauma, depression, drug addictions and the like.
  • Assists in placement process of foster children by evaluating fit between a foster family and a potential foster child. Provides necessary support for a smooth placement experience for both families and children.
  • Coordinates psychoeducational workshop to parents based on evaluations and feedback from social workers.
  • Provides crisis interventions with families as requested by social workers and approved by supervisor.
  • Writes re-licensing home studies and submits them to the Program Manager for approval;
  • Conducts semiannual foster family evaluation and develops training opportunities that address deficiencies found in the evaluation;
  • Documents all contacts with youth and their families, which are relevant for licensing;
  • Enters outreach, recruitment and other relevant program information into the ETO data base at least once a week;
  • Meets weekly with Supervisor to discuss programmatic and operational issues;
  • Participates in weekly staff meetings;
  • Prepares monthly statistical reports and submits them to the Program Manger by the first of or the last working day of the month.
  • Performs other activities specifically assigned by the Program Manager
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field;
  • At least two year of experience working with children, adolescents and families;
  • Solid Knowledge of children and family systems;
  • Flexible schedule, including evening and Saturdays’ shift;
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Must be fluency in English and Spanish;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Have initiative to develop innovative plans to recruit and support foster parents;
  • Excellent public speaking skills;
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
  • Computer proficiency.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter and resume to Isabella Suero-Stackl Foster Care Program Manager, at isabella@layc-dc.org