Behavior Specialist/ Case Associate - Foster Care and Adoption
New Alternatives for Children, Inc.
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Post Date: Oct 07, 2019
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: Based on Experience
Location: US - New York - Manhattan
Job Reference: 03
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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 complexities, disabilities, chronic illnesses and behavioral challenges. NAC is currently seeking qualified social workers to work in our Behavior Specialist/ Case Associate in the Foster Care and Adoption.

Behavior Specialist
•Maintains a maximum caseload of four children in the TFFC program.
•Works directly with the child to develop his/her social and academic skills to promote special talents, interests, and recreational pursuits with the child.
•Develops a behavioral plan and /or contract with input from the child, foster parent(s) and birth family to optimize the child’s functioning and mental health in the family and community.
•Develops a recreational plan in conjunction with the foster parent on each child on his/her caseload.
•Identifies community resources for the child.
•Advocates for the child within his/her school. This includes providing technical assistance to the classroom teacher and paraprofessional (if applicable) using the ABC model. This also includes coordination with NAC’s Education Department.
•Maintains accurate and timely record keeping.
•Facilitates and supervises visits between the children and birth family on a prearranged schedule.
•Maintains weekly face to face contact with the foster parent and child in the foster home or community. Two face to face contacts per month must be in the foster home.
•Maintains weekly phone contact with the foster parent.
•Participates in all family-team conferences regarding their case load.

Case Associate
•Conducts foster home visits, visits to birth homes, and other field visits; documents visits for electronic case record.
•Assists social workers to make referrals for concrete services.
•Attends Family Team Conferences or family meetings, as necessary.
•Supervises family visits in the office and in the community, acting as a visiting coach; documents visits for electronic case record.
•Accompanies and advocates for parents at appointments for public assistance, housing, and other necessary services.
•Attends case reviews with multi-disciplinary professional staff.
•Assists with data collection for adoption home studies.
•Provides other assistance, as might reasonably be required, to support case management and permanency efforts for families with children in foster care.
•Knowledge of health-related factors in working with physically disabled and/or chronically ill children who have psychiatric diagnoses is preferred.
•Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills are essential.
•Bilingual in Spanish is desirable.

HOURS: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 6 pm with flexibility. Saturday 9am – 4 pm are required.
Some flexibility may occasionally be required.

To learn more about New Alternatives for Children, Inc., please visit our website:
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, entity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements:
•        A Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, special education, or related human service field is required.
•        Direct experience working with children is required, preferably emotionally disturbed children.
•        Effective behavior analysis, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention skills are preferred.
•        The ability to serve as a role model to children is necessary.

Please indicate “Behavior Specialist-Case Associate “in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Mary Ann Code
Human Resources Department
New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
eFax: 929-273-7865
Phone: 212-994-7938

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