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.
•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.
•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: www.nackidscan.org
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, entity and inclusion.