Position Summary: The Home Finding Department is responsible for the recruitment, training and certification of all foster homes within Children’s Aid. With approximately 500 homes either in the process of certification or certified, Home Finding is the initial contact for prospective foster parents with the agency’s foster care division within Children’s Aid. The Home Finding Department seeks to ensure a highly quality of care for children in the agency’s care as well as highly quality of customer service for our foster parents. Children’s Aid has four foster care programs within the agency including Family Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Medical Foster Care and Medical Foster Care for Developmental Disabilities. The Home Finding Supervisor is responsible for the assessment of applicants and supervision of staff.
Provide Supervision to the Home Finding staff with a focus on assessment, case collaboration with Case Planning Teams, timeliness and compliance as well as Recruitment and Training.
Oversee recruitment and retainment strategies as well as training.
Schedule and ensure foster parents are receiving pre-certification and ongoing training.
Collaborate with Recruitment Coordinator and Director as well as Marketing and Communications to ensure the agency participates in outreach and community engagement.
Oversees communication to foster parents such oversight of Foster Parent Newsletter and planning of events such as Foster Parent Appreciation Event.
Work in close collaboration with Intake staff, Case Planning staff as well as the Administration for Children’s Services and Office of Children and Family Services to ensure the optimal and holistic care of the children in the agency’s care.
Reviews and approves foster home certifications and recertifications for assessment, quality of care for the children in the agency’s care and compliance with OCFS, ACS as well as agency regulations.
Screening and clinical assessment of potential and certified kinship and recruited foster parents.
Tracking of data and document collection for foster homes pending certification.
Conduct chart reviews to ensure compliance.
Assist in the tracking of data within Excel particularly as it related to recruitment and training.
Aid and support in foster parent training and compliance.
Other duties upon request and as necessary.
Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health, or a relevant field required; plus, homefinding experience.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Strong clinical assessment skills.
Proven track record of meeting and exceeding contractual requirements and targets.
Significant management experience in a fast-paced work environment.
Demonstrated ability to handle emergency situations.
Excellent verbal, writing and organizational skills.
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines including working evenings and weekends when required.
Computer literate Microsoft particularly Excel as well Connections. Experience with Evolv is also desired.
Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.