• Foster Family Care Specialist

    Posted: 11/12/2023

    $3000 Hiring Bonus!!




    Independently coordinates youth referrals.

    • Screens and assesses child referrals and interviews youth to determine eligibility.

    • Schedules pre-placement visits with child and potential foster family and assists in matching youth with an appropriate family.

    • Participates in the recruiting and selection process of Foster Parents including home study evaluations.


    Develops all aspects of the child's program and sets short and long-term goals and objectives for the youth.

    • Consults and collaborates with referral source, Foster Parents, teachers, school counselors, and other professionals involved with the youth.

    • Assists families with referrals to other community services identified in the plan of service and provides advocacy for the youth and their families to receive entitlements or needed services.

    • Prepares intake and discharge summaries, routine progress reports and plans. Evaluates plan and recommends changes.

    • Develops and monitors the child's service plan to include collecting initial and ongoing assessment data, developing the service plan and making modifications as necessary.

    • Maintains monthly statistics and data needed for program accountability and billing for client services.

    • Conducts periodic consumer evaluations.

    • Responds to client emergencies within or outside normal work hours.


    Supervises and develops Foster Parents.

    • Meets with Foster Parents following scheduled reporting guidelines, and as needed, to discuss administrative and programmatic issues, review progress, and provide support and guidance in areas of concern.

    • Supervises the care and service that the Foster Parents provide including observing their interactions with the foster children and providing them with ongoing feedback on how to best meet their needs.

    • Initiates and modifies 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

    • Provides 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.


    Coordinates communication between the child and his/her family.

    • Maintains contact with the family and responds to issues/concerns from the family in a supportive and timely fashion.

    • Encourages and expects 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.

    • Assists with the reunification of child into his/her home communities.

    • Assists with follow-up and aftercare services to 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.



    • 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.



    • Bachelor's degree in Human Services or related field required.

    • Minimum 1 year of experience including working with children and families required.

    • Possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check required.

    • Ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job required.

    • Meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws required.

    • Available rotationally to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays required.



    • Experience working with children and families in community-based programs or Boys Town Programs preferred.

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