New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexity, chronic health conditions, significant disabilities and behavioral challenges. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a Child Placement Specialist to join its Foster Care Homefinding Department.
Position Type: Full-time position with flexibility to work some evenings as needed.
Location: 37 West 26th Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Organization/Department/Program: Foster Care- Homefinding
Description of Responsibilities:
•Assists the foster care team with locating kinship resources for children in foster care by utilizing a combination of casework, family meetings, and technological search engines.
•Works with the foster care department to preserve challenging foster care placements through family support and mediation.
•Collaborates with the Homefinding and Case Planning Departments to provide ongoing support for foster parents.
•Assists with the matching process between children and foster families.
•Participates in family team conferences, case reviews and department meetings as needed.
•Clinically assesses all intakes received from Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), in collaboration with the Homefinding staff, case planning, medical department, and mental health as appropriate.
•Completes all ACS and NAC paperwork in a timely manner and ensures that documentation in foster parent records conforms to agency, city and state regulatory requirements.
•Distributes Homefinder placement/admissions and notification packets to appropriate foster care and supportive programs i.e. medical, mental health, education, etc.
•Monitors ACS intranet referral portal, telephone and email correspondence assessing appropriate referrals for agency.
•Co-trains prospective foster families in approved per-certification training curriculum.
•Co-facilitate foster parent support groups with the Assistant Director of Intake and Foster Parent Support.
Required Education and Experience:
•Child welfare experience preferred.
For information on New Alternatives for Children, Inc., including more information on employee benefits and our agency culture, visit our website at www.nackidscan.org