Licensing Specialist – Foster Care

Organization Name

Wellroot Family Services


Gainesville, GA

Opening Date

May 17, 2022

Closing Date

June 30, 2022


Title: Licensing Specialist – Foster Care  
Department: Foster Care Programs 
Reports to: Manager, Foster Home Recruitment 
Location: Gainesville, GA  
FLSA: Exempt 

Job Summary:  
The Licensing Specialist – Foster Care is responsible for engaging interested parties, including individuals as well  as through church coalitions, to recruit potential foster families, provide orientations and training, assess  eligibility and appropriateness throughout the process, and to oversee the home study process for these  individuals, including the creation and maintenance of their family file. 

  • Establish and maintain relationships with the church community, other community-based  organizations, and families to promote and build awareness about the need for foster families To be a viable team member by investing in all activities and functions of the agency’s services To participate in conferences and other training opportunities when requested by the Manager of  Recruitment 
  • To understand and practice the use of appropriate confidentiality 
  • To be a positive factor in public relations by representing the agency well in contact with visitors and  people from the community 
  • To maintain an understanding of the foster care/child welfare system 
  • To understand and meet compliance standards which govern the approval of foster homes as set forth  by RCCL, DHS, and COA regulations 
  • Provide orientation and facilitate pre-service training for prospective foster parents Assess appropriateness of applicant to assure they meet minimum licensing standards, using IMPACT  training and corresponding assessments 
  • To manage a caseload of potential applicants 
  • To review and ensure the quality and compliance of documentation required for home approval  To visit potential applicants in home environment to assess the appropriateness of the home and the  capacity of the family 
  • To complete foster care home studies, including home interviews with families and inspection of  homes as needed 
  • To participate in or facilitate other activities as deemed necessary by the Manager of Recruitment
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, preferably in a human  service or behavioral science field 
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience of working in child welfare, and in a role, that includes  recruiting, training, or public speaking and presentations 
  • IMPACT trained, preferred 
  • Some travel required 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills 
  • Ability to assess foster family applicants by working autonomously to assess family and complete  approval process 
  • Sound decision making skills and judgment 
  • Proficient using Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office applications 
  • Own, drive, and maintain an automobile in good working condition, receiving a reimbursement for  agency business mileage 
  • Understand that this job will require some evening and weekend hours of employment, and some  after-hour on call responsibilities 
  • Agree to support the agency’s mission statement, organizational values and beliefs, and its quality  assurance plan 

Working Environment: 
This position is located at Wellroot worksite based in assigned office. Work is conducted in an office setting.  The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule which will include evenings and weekends is required. Must be  able to lift up to 25 pounds. Usually sits in front of a computer 50% of the time as well as approximately 35%  of the time traveling to clients’ homes and into the community.