Foster Care Case Manager

Organization Name

Location

Valdosta, GA

Opening Date

October 1, 2021

Closing Date

November 30, 2021

 

Choices for Life of Georgia, LLC is seeking a full time Foster Care Case Manager to supervise and support foster child placements and private foster homes in the South Georgia area.

Educational Requirements:
REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree in a Human Service field and two (2) years direct service experience working with children and families, OR a Master's degree in a Human Service field and one (1) year of direct services experience working with children and families.
Preference given to individuals who have successfully completed State of Georgia Foundations training, IMPACT certified trainer, Together Facing the challenge and SAFE Home Study trained. Must possess a valid driver's license and own reliable transportation.

Primary Responsibilities:
Participate in all aspects of placements of foster children in Choices For Life of Georgia foster homes.
Participation in the admissions process and placement of the child in the foster home, develop an individualized services plan (ISP) and assist with its implementation that includes the child’s medical, dental, educational, independent living skills and therapeutic services.
Assist the child’s custodian and birth family in establishing a visitation plan by planning, providing transportation, supervision and coaching to the birth family to assist with healthy interactions.
Be the point of contact for the foster parent, DFCS, Court Systems, Guardian ad litem, Court Appointed Special Advocates, school systems, medical/dental providers, therapists/Community Support Individuals and other professionals involved in working with the child.
Be a resource, support and coach for the birth parent to assist in facilitation of reunification.
Utilize clinical skills to teach healthy coping mechanisms and manage behaviors for the children as the children work through the trauma resulting in the need for foster care, separation from the birth family and entrance into a foster home.
Providing support and supervision to the foster parents as they develop a relationship with the child and the birth family.
Document into the State of Georgia Data systems (GA SCORE and GA SHINES) as well as the agency’s electronic files while maintaining superior information and documentation on the foster child and the foster parents.
Conducting SAFE home visits to insure the child’s needs are met in the foster home and the placement is stable while supporting the foster parent. Participate in an on-call system to manage after hours crisis.
Early evening and weekend hours are required to conduct visits in the foster home and to assist the family meet the needs of children in their home as needed.
Develop, participate and lead pre-service trainings to prepare families to foster and ongoing training to enhance the foster parents’ knowledge.
Ability to understand, communicate and implement TBRI principles within the foster homes.

Special Conditions:
Preferably reside in Lowndes County Georgia or a maximum of 20 miles of Lowndes County.
Must be able and to provide transportation for children and birth families as needed.
Must be able to complete some out of town trainings that can require overnight travel for up to a week.
On-call responsibilities and flexible work schedule is required.