Foster Family Services ConsultantOmaha, Nebraska
TITLE: Foster Family Services Consultant
CLOSING DATE: February 15, 2018, or until filled
OVERVIEW OF BOYSTOWN
Are you passionate about shaping the future of America’s Youth?
Boys Town is changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit. Our mission is centered on creating an environment for children that includes trust, discipline, emotional support and respect. We believe that all children and youth have the potential to become bright, productive, adjusted, loving people. Boys Town is nationally recognized for its research-proven child, health and family care programs. As one of the country’s largest nonprofit funded child-care organizations, Boys Town touches the lives of more than 2 million children and families nationwide each year. Join our Town today and help us shape the future of America!
OVERVIEW OF JOB
The Foster Family Services Consultant independently coordinates the placement of children in foster family homes and develops all aspects of the child's program including developing and implementing the child's service plan and setting long and short term goals. This position also supervises and monitors foster families to ensure they are providing safe and humane services to the children in their home. In this role, you will screen and assess child referrals and interview youth to determine eligibility. You will schedule pre-placement visits with the child and potential foster family and assist in matching youth with an appropriate family. Additionally, you will participate in the recruiting and selection process of Foster Parents and perform home study evaluations. Some additional responsibilities will include:
- Preparing intake and discharge summaries, routine progress reports and plans.
- Developing and monitoring the child's service plan to include collecting initial and ongoing assessment data, developing the service plan and making modifications as necessary.
- Maintaining monthly statistics and data needed for program accountability and billing for client services.
- Conducting periodic consumer evaluations.
- Responding to client emergencies within or outside normal work hours.
- Initiating and modifying development plans for each of their foster families to ensure they are aware of their strengths and areas to develop and understand their role as Foster Parents
- Providing ongoing training and teaching to the Foster Parents through formal group training opportunities, web-based learning and one-on-one training in the Foster Parents home.
- Maintaining contact with the family and responding to issues/concerns from the family in a supportive and timely fashion.
- Encouraging and expecting Foster Parents to communicate openly with the family regarding the care and service that they are providing to the child in their home as appropriate.
- Assisting with the reunification of the child into his/her home communities.
- Assisting with follow-up and aftercare services to the family as needed.
- May be trained to become a certified Common Sense Parenting Instructor and as a certified instructor may be asked to conduct Common Sense Parenting (CSP) Courses at designated locations as assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, TRAINING, EXPERIENCE, OR SKILLS
- Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science or Human Services field and 2 years of human services experience; experience in the Boys Town Model or an equivalent program preferred. NOTE: Education and experience requirements may be higher based on location, Local contracts, or Federal/State requirements.
- Must possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record, plus ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job. Must meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws.
- This position is available rotationally to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Experience working with local and state agencies and foster care services.
- Intermediate knowledge of the child welfare system.
- Independent decision making skills and competencies to work in crisis situations when circumstances warrant such action.
- Ability to work with confrontational clients and their families; necessary temperament to work with children and families experiencing crisis.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, professionalism, and role modeling.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
- Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels in the organization and with external contacts in an articulate, professional manner.
- Knowledge of Boys Town Model.
- Ability to function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with children and families, staff, and support agencies.
- Advanced critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, including ability to make assessments and use sound judgment.
This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration