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Foster Care Specialist

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Omaha, NE

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To provide case planning, supervision, skill building, case management and support services to children and families in the Specialized Foster Care Program.  The Specialist works as part of the foster care team with the supervision provided by the Foster Care Program Supervisor.


Essential Job Duties:

Direct Service to Foster Care Children
• Share in rotation to provide 24 hour on-call coverage and supervision to foster parents via cell phone.
• Guide and Instruct foster parents in addressing behavioral or other problems within the home.
• Facilitate placement of children including:  Pre-placement interviews of child for placement consideration, matching child with a foster family that can best meet their needs, and coordinating the placement from first meeting through final placement.
• Advocate for the child ensuring all physical and emotional needs are met.
• Provide supervision, when required, for visits between child and his or her biological family members.
• Provide transportation to medical and/or dental appointments for children in the absence of the foster parents.
• Supervise the development of independent living skills through the use of LFS designated program.
• Facilitate transition of children between placements.
• Assist appropriate youth in establishing independent living plans to promote self sufficiency upon release from state custody at age 19.

Direct Service to Foster Parents
• Conduct foster parent training following PRIDE model and/or PS-MAPP.
• Develop supplemental topics to enhance the PRIDE and/or PS-MAPP curriculum. 
• Oversee background checks, police checks, CPS checks, APS checks and sex offender checks necessary for foster care licensure.
• License homes.  This includes submitting background checks, compiling required documents, completing a compliance review, touring the home, and assessing foster parents’ ability to provide appropriate care to children.
• Conduct home studies for families interested in becoming foster parents.
• Visit foster homes as required by the child’s level of care to support the foster parents and develop and supervise implementation of behavioral interventions.
• Review all relevant and available information on a child with a prospective foster family prior to placement of the child in the home.
• Monitor and enforce contract expectations with foster parents.
• Coordinate, oversee, and approve respite care for the foster parents on a regular basis.
• Develop treatment plans for children and reinforce and support foster parent efforts to carry out the treatment plan and intervention strategies.
• Facilitate communication of pertinent information between foster parents, NDHHS case managers, lead agencies and other service providers for the children.
• Ensure foster parents are maintaining appropriate relationships with and therapeutic environments for children in their home.
• Conduct assessments of foster families where allegations of neglect or maltreatment of children have occurred.
• Participate in planning and presentation of monthly support meetings for foster parents.
• Monitor ongoing training for foster parents.
• Assist families as needed in maintaining licensure.
• Provide support to homes without placement of children by maintaining monthly phone contact. 
• Make recommendations for the termination of foster parents from the program.

• Cooperate with NDHHS case managers and lead agencies in locating appropriate placements within the continuum of foster care.
• Maintain phone contact with the NDHHS case manager and/or service coordinator a minimum of every two weeks to facilitate communication regarding a child’s status and progress in the foster program.
• Participate in staffing regarding the children in care.
• Facilitate communication between the service providers regarding the needs / progress of the children in foster care.
• Network with other foster care service providers as appropriate.
• Attend foster care related meetings in the community, as assigned.
• Work with schools in addressing behavioral or learning concerns within the school environment.
• Attend court and offer testimony when necessary
• Attend outreach/recruitment events.  This includes the supervision of an information booth, conversing with potential foster parents, and interacting with children while completing an activity.

Record keeping
• Monitor the collection of client’s experiences and pertinent information in a Lifebook.
• Complete monthly progress reports on each child in foster care.
• Complete periodic progress notes on foster families, which include assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.
• Maintain files on each child and foster family in the program which includes identifying, historical, and ongoing progress information.

Job Requirements: 

• Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology or other human service area
• 3-5 years experience in the delivery of human service to individuals and families; experience in child welfare preferred
• Knowledge and understanding of attachment, grief and loss, abuse and neglect as it relates to children in foster care
• Knowledge of resources available within the community
• Experience working within a home based, foster care or residential program preferred
• Ability to provide on call emergency intervention to foster families in crisis situations including assessing safety and making immediate recommendations regarding appropriate interventions
• Ability to exercise discretion and make independent decisions regarding the best interest of children and foster families
• Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel beyond 50 miles in personal vehicle to attend trainings, supervise foster homes, and maintain face-to-face contact with clients on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis depending on level of care
• Valid Nebraska driver’s license, proof of liability insurance and ability to drive for Agency business
• Commitment to the mission of Lutheran Family Services


Job Details

Date Posted February 20, 2018
Date Closes April 28, 2018
Located In Omaha, NE
Department Children Services
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, $13.74 - $19.23, Based on Experience
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
Hours 40 hours per week
SOC Category 21-1093.00 Social and Human Service Assistants
Zipcode 68102
Name Human Resources
Address 124 S 24th St. Suite 220
City, State and Zip Omaha, NE 68102
FAX 402-978-5660

This job requires the following skills

  • Children-at-Risk Specialist
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Resolution
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Behavioral Services Technician

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