Bronx, NY, US
Graham Windham’s seeks a Homefinder to identify, certify and monitor foster and adoptive parents that will attend to the physical and emotional well-being of the children placed in their home. Together with the Foster Care & Preventive Case Management team, the Homefinder will oversee that the foster parents provide good care for the children in their care as demonstrated by a quality family life, safety, education, prompt medical care, good nutrition, routines and structure.
Duties & Responsibilities (but not limited to):
- Responds to and processes inquiry forms for prospective applicants. Opens, recertifies and closes foster homes as appropriate. Engages in soft recruitment of foster parents, distributing recruitment flyers when on field visits.
- Conducts visits to applicants’ homes, using focused interviews for purpose of assessment and preparing comprehensive written home study for supervisors’ review and approval. Secures required documents and assists with completion of documentation such as SCR, finger prints (of foster parents, relevant family members and babysitting/ transportation resources), medicals etc. within the time frames as required by NYC Children’s Services, Office of Children and Family Services.
- Evaluates existent foster homes for re-certification and Processes intake of kinship referrals for the completion of the expedited home study as per NYC Children’s Services, Office of Children and Family Services protocols.
- Maintains and updates foster parent “soft” files and CONNECTIONS records by completing related reports and inputting data in a timely fashion.
- Prepares and submits reports, calendars and other deliverables as required by agency supervisor, NYC Children’s Services and/or OCFS.
- Assists the Intake Department in making matches of foster parents to children based upon service needs and foster parent skill level and expertise.
- Upon opening a foster home, on a routine and as needed basis, assesses for safety and risk by assuring that foster home is in compliance with agency, city and state mandates; addresses issues, repairs etc. within the foster home so that follow through occurs within a reasonable time frame through collaboration with the FPPS case management team (Case Planner, Supervisor and/or Director.
- Participates in weekly supervision sessions with supervisor to discuss status and progress of foster homes, certifications etc. as well as to apprise of any impending problems and/or unresolved issues.
- Participates in staff meetings, seminars and training as scheduled; maintains and applies a current knowledge of internal and external regulations and policies applicable to foster care and adoption.
- Acts as a conduit between foster parents and agency based resources for support and referrals especially pending assignment of cases to the agency case planner. Participates in case planning and foster parents meetings to promote positive teamwork towards achieving agency fidelity
- Demonstrates a willingness to travel within the NYC area to prospective and active foster homes
- Models and promotes dependable, responsible, professional and accountable behavior; promotes positive program norms and teamwork primacy; supports program mission and philosophy; effectively integrates with other disciplines; models enthusiasm and participation in program activities.
Requires BSW or Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field; Knowledge of MAPP and Mini-MAPP, knowledge of internal and external regulations and polices applicable to foster care and adoption. Mapp Leader Certified preferred; Experience as a Home-Finder or foster care/ residential caseworker preferred; Community organizing experience and bi-lingual (Spanish/English) a plus; Must be able to travel within NYC Metropolitan area; Excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management and organizational skills; Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and community based resources; Computer literate, MS Office; NYS Connections; Ability to work with diverse populations; Must be able to climb stairs and conduct recreational outings and field visits to community based partners; Flexibility to work evenings and occasional weekends as needed; Valid NYS driver’s license a plus
Full-time position; salary commensurate with experience. Graham Windham offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement savings plan, and much more.