Supervises and provides consultation to foster parents. Continually assesses needs of the birth family and foster family to promote healthy development and growth in all life domains. Works therapeutically with birth families and foster families to attain permanency for children.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Gathers information and conducts needs assessments of birth families’ strengths and weaknesses to develop appropriate goals and time frames for service plans.
- Communicates and involves birth parents as much as possible regarding their children’s progress, concerns, major decisions, changes in services and placement.
- Intervenes therapeutically with birth families and foster families to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors to improve level of functioning and coping skills.
- Conducts ongoing assessment of birth parents’ skills including ability to communicate, interact, play discipline and meet the children’s’ needs.
- Supports birth parent’s strengths and addresses areas of weakness through role modeling, direct communication, teaching and advocacy.
- Provides support and supervision in the form of a minimum of one face to face contact with each child during placement.
- Provides supervision, training support, and guidance to foster families in implementing the treatment plan and service plan for the child.
- Obtains and increases professional and technical knowledge and skills by attending trainings, reviewing professional publications, and establishing personal networks related to workplace competence.
- Displays functional interpersonal skills with co-workers, foster parents, etc by communicating in a clear and direct manner when relaying information, and by assisting in resolving misunderstandings and/or conflicts that may occur.
- Supervises and provides consultation to foster parents.
- Document cases or incidents appropriately.
- Administer all aspects of the child's comprehensive health, including medical, dental and medication appointments.
- Assist foster parents with resources to ensure child is academically successful and attend IEP meetings if necessary