Foster Care Support Specialist
Company: Boys Town
Posted on: May 7, 2022
POSITION SUMMARY: The Foster Family Services Consultant
independently coordinates the placement of children in foster
family homes and develops all aspects of the childs program
including developing and implementing the childs service plan and
setting long and short term goals. This position also supervises
and monitors foster families to ensure they are providing safe and
humane service to the children in their home. Starting pay: $20.50
(based on education and experience) ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS &
- Independently coordinates youth referrals.
- Screens and assesses child referrals and interviews youth to
- Schedules pre-placement visits with child and potential foster
family and assists in matching youth with an appropriate
- Participates in the recruiting and selection process of Foster
Parents including home study evaluations.
- Develops all aspects of the childs program and sets short and
long-term goals and objectives for the youth.
- Consults and collaborates with referral source, Foster Parents,
teachers, school counselors, and other professionals involved with
- Assists families with referrals to other community services
identified in the plan of service and provides advocacy for the
youth and their families to receive entitlements or needed
- Prepares intake and discharge summaries, routine progress
reports and plans. Evaluates plan and recommends changes.
- Develops and monitors the childs service plan to include
collecting initial and ongoing assessment data, developing the
service plan and making modifications as necessary.
- Maintains monthly statistics and data needed for program
accountability and billing for client services.
- Conducts periodic consumer evaluations.
- Responds to client emergencies within or outside normal work
- Supervises and develops Foster Parents.
- Meets with Foster Parents following scheduled reporting
guidelines, and as needed, to discuss administrative and
programmatic issues, review progress, and provide support and
guidance in areas of concern.
- Supervises the care and service that the Foster Parents provide
including observing their interactions with the foster children and
providing them with ongoing feedback on how to best meet their
- Initiates and modifies development plans for each of their
foster families to ensure they are aware of their strengths and
areas to develop and understand their role as Foster Parents
- Provides ongoing training and teaching to the Foster Parents
through formal group training opportunities, web-based learning and
one-on-one training in the Foster Parents home.
- Coordinates communication between the child and his/her family.
- Maintains contact with the family and responds to
issues/concerns from the family in a supportive and timely
- Encourages and expects Foster Parents to communicate openly
with the family regarding the care and service that they are
providing to the child in their home as appropriate.
- Assists with the reunification of child into his/her home
- Assists with follow-up and aftercare services to family as
- May be trained to become a certified Common Sense Parenting
Instructor and as a certified instructor may be asked to conduct
Common Sense Parenting (CSP) Courses at designated locations as
- Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagans
Boys Home mission.
- Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town
- Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of
- Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages
teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
- Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
- Supports other members of the management team and their work
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Experience working with local and state agencies and foster
- Intermediate knowledge of the child welfare system.
- Independent decision making skills and competencies to work in
crisis situations when circumstances warrant such action.
- Ability to work with confrontational clients and their
families; necessary temperament to work with children and families
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality,
professionalism, and role modeling.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
- Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels in the
organization and with external contacts in an articulate,
- Knowledge of Boys Town Model.
- Ability to function independently and have flexibility,
personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with
children and families, staff, and support agencies.
- Advanced critical-thinking and problem-solving skills,
including ability to make assessments and use sound judgment.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelors degree in Human Services or related field.
- 1 to 2 years of experience including working with children and
families; experience working with children and families in
community-based programs or Boys Town Programs preferred.
- Must possess a valid drivers license with a good driving record
and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check. Must
have the ability to provide own transportation to complete travel
requirements of job. Must meet auto insurance requirements
established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws.
- This position is available rotationally to provide crisis
response and must be available to work non-traditional business
hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
About Boys Town Nebraska: A National Historic Landmark since 1985,
the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark
District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls
live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range
of behavioral, emotional and academic issues. When Father Edward J.
Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new,
permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed,
schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of
young lives were transformed. Our employees are our supporters when
it comes to achieving Boys Towns mission, which is why we offer an
array of competitive and attractive benefit options. Unique perks
to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to
Boys Town Physicians, free prescriptions, tuition assistance,
access to the campus Field House, parenting resources from our
experts and advancement opportunities within the organization, just
to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is
a way of life. Date Posted: May 3, 2022 This advertisement
describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not
include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities
required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and
participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or
expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To
request a disability-related accommodation in the application
process, contact us at 1-.
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