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Forestdale Inc
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Post Date: Aug 29, 2013
Job Type: Full Time
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Location: US - New York
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Forestdale is currently embarking on a transformation to adapt evidence-based models agency wide and is looking for dynamic, self-starters who thinks out of the box.
Established in 1854, Forestdale ensures that all children have the fundamental assets they need to thrive: a safe and stable home life; meaningful life and career goals; communication and life skills; and health and sexuality education. We are a Queens-based organization located in Forest Hills on a lush three acre campus.

Forestdale builds strong families by assuring that children have nurturing families and access to good schools so they may become productive members of society and leaders in their communities. The Social Workers in our Foster Care program are the backbone of this plan. As a Social Worker, your primary goal will be to ensure the safety and healthy development of foster children and youth. You will achieve this goal by continually working face-to-face with your clients, as well as birth parents, foster parents, teachers, and community members. You will also develop and implement appropriate service plans, problem-solve, coordinate and deliver services in order to achieve goals for healthy development.

•        Engage and provide services to children, biological and foster families and other extended family to determine safety, health literacy and social/educational achievement
•        Support and assist in retaining foster parents
•        Make a comprehensive effort to identify all possible resources for children and engage all caring adults to develop and support each child’s ability to find a permanent, loving home
•        Participate in service plans review and family team conferences for all assigned cases
•        Maintain contact with schools to assure a quality education
•        Provide crisis intervention to birth and foster families and children
•        Represent the agency at court hearings related to child and family well-being
•        Document all activities and attempted activities related to planning and service provision for children and families via the New York State electronic recording systems known as CONNECTIONS
•        Maintain and manage all paper work requirements as they relate to specific children and families, including but not limited to preparation of psychosocial histories, adoption referrals, diligent searches, Interstate Compact packages and other reports

The Family Foster Care Social Worker will report to the Social Work Supervisor and will work with internal staff as well as Administration for Children's Services (ACS), other child welfare agencies and service providers, family court and community based organizations.

Ideal candidates must possess the following:
•        Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work , psychology, criminal justice or counseling from an accredited college
•        A Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience will be considered
•        Fluency in Spanish
•        Good interpersonal skills with the ability to relate effectively with children, adolescents and adults
•        Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends

Forestdale provides a competitive salary and outstanding benefits - including 4 weeks Vacation, Health/Dental/Life/Disability insurance, Pension Plan and Tax-Deferred Medical/Dependent/Commuter Plans.

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