The Licensed Social Worker is primarily responsible for licensing homes of the foster parents in which children in care are placed and ensuring licensure requirements are maintained. Additionally, this position will actively recruit new foster parents in communities of all cultures and assist in training foster parents.
Essential Job Duties (not all-inclusive):
- Develop effective marketing strategies that will attract new foster parents and contribute to the growth of the Region and Company.
- Establish and maintain a professional rapport with foster parents, community partners, clients, and peers.
- Attend foster parent training to provide guidance and support to the participants as they work on completing licensing requirements and to provide support to the facilitators.
- Ensure foster parent training participants complete all required training as a part of the initial licensing process and required ongoing training.
- Be willing to become a foster parent trainer via a formal training process, as sponsored by the Company, and actively facilitate classes.
- Coordinate with foster parents regarding documentation needed for physical files.
- Accurately create initial physical files for newly licensed homes and ensure the files meet all applicable standards at all times/documentation remains current.
- Accurately create electronic files for newly licensed homes by entering and/or uploading requirement information in the Welligent Client Management System (Welligent) and ensure the electronic files remain current.
- Identify any licensing concerns/violations and immediately address concerns with the foster parent. This includes reporting concerns to management and other required parties and may require collaboration with peers.
- Accurately license prospective foster homes per all applicable licensing standards and ensure the homes maintain compliance at all times.
- Conduct visits to licensed homes for purposes outlined in the State Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies and the Therapeutic Foster Care Manual.
- Timely and accurately complete quarterly and annual reviews of licensed homes.
- Act as a liaison between the Agency and foster parents.
- Be an active member of the Intake/Placement Team.
- May assist in collecting all documentation during the intake process from applicable parties (DHR Social Worker, foster parent, medical provider).
- Assist with family support and case management duties, when needed.
- Provide support and consultation to the foster parents, children and their families, and to other treatment team members.
- Additional duties, as assigned.
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (versions 2010 and above), to include Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; ability to use portable equipment and mobile devices, such as Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, Fax Machine, Scanner, Projector; ability to connect to work-related documents remotely, including via video conferencing (Skype for Business/Go-To-Meeting Programs, other video-conferencing tools as needed)
Current Driver License, Dependable Personal Transportation, Current Auto Insurance, Must Pass All Legally Mandated Background Checks
The Licensed Social Worker will typically work up to 20-25 hours per week and hours may include days, evenings, and weekends. Work environment may be in various settings, such as office setting, off-site meeting, home of the foster parent, or any other setting that is deemed appropriate to perform duties. Traveling required.