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. To assist us in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a talented and qualified Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist to join the Homefinding unit of our Foster Care and Adoption department.
Supervisor: Foster Parent Recruitment Supervisor
Department: Foster Care and Adoption
Location: 37 West 26TH Street, New York, NY 10010
Position Type: Full-Time
The Foster Care and Adoption program at NAC seeks permanency for children in care who have special medical and behavioral needs. These children are cared for by specialized foster parents who are recruited, trained, and licensed by NAC’s Homefinding team. As a member of NAC’s Homefinding team, the Foster Parent Recruitment Specialist will enhance NAC’s recruitment activities by assisting in streamlining the licensing process.
•Assist foster parent recruitment supervisor in identifying prospective resource families through community outreach, recruitment fairs, and orientation programs.
•Conduct foster parent orientations as needed and complete monthly recruitment plan.
•Assist resource foster parent applicants with completing documentation within the Binti licensing platform.
•Consistently enter licensing information into program systems and foster parent case records.
•Complete background clearances for resource applicants.
•Follow up with families to obtain any outstanding required documents.
•Verify compliance of prospective foster homes with federal, state and city regulations.
•Maintain regular contact with active resource applicants and document contacts via case notes.
•Receive and process foster parent inquiry calls.
•Process resource parent applications in a timely manner.
•Practice sensitivity, fair treatment, and acceptance of diversity in all interactions with resource applicants.
•Participate in staff panels to review homestudies, respond to interdisciplinary staff member’s questions about resource applicants, and assist homefinding staff in certifying resource foster parents.
•Requires Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and minimum of 2 years of job-related experience. Master's Degree in Social Work preferred;
•Knowledge of OCFS CONNECTIONS system preferred;
•Ability to manage time effectively, multi-task, and determine priorities;
•Possess a high degree of organization and attention to detail; resourceful/solution focused;
•Work hours are generally 9-5pm but must be flexible to meet the needs of working parents;
•Bilingual English and Spanish speaking preferred.
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.
New Alternatives for Children was founded on the principle of inclusion. We strive to create and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace at all levels. It is not enough to serve; we must strive to dismantle oppressive policies and practices.