GENERAL NATURE OF POSITION: Support foster/resource parents to ensure a healthy and successful placement for Unaccompanied Refugee Minor foster youth through individualized coaching, training, supportive services and intervention sessions. Utilize a strengths-based, family centered, client flexible approach to client services approach.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Direct Services to Foster/Resource Families:
Serve as the foster/resource parent advocate within the Refugee Foster Care (RFC) program
Maintain regular contact with all foster/resource parents
Conduct bi-annual home visits with all foster/resource parents
Conduct multi-level family assessments and develop an intervention plan when needed
Meet face-to-face with families in their home and in the community as needed for the provision of services including, but not limited to: new placements, placement disruptions, resource parent approval, crisis intervention needed to stabilize placement, ongoing support as needed to maintain placement and approval as a resource parent
Provide pre-placement coaching and support to families to prepare for placement
Assist in providing family bonding sessions to new arrival youth and their families
Conduct Comprehensive Family Assessments (home studies) and annual updates as assigned, to determine the suitability of potential resource families and foster care placement
Participate in After-Hours On-Call Rotation as assigned
Organize and facilitate parent support group
Coordinate and facilitate Foster Parent Council meetings
Collect feedback from foster/resource parents about RFC program policies and practices
Training and Program Coordination:
Assist in developing and conducting training and psycho-education for foster/resource parents
Develop and utilize tools to assess the strengths and needs of foster/resource parents and families and design individualized services, coaching and interventions accordingly
Lead foster/resource parent pre-certification trainings and participate in the screening process including panel interviews and home studies as assigned.
Participate in the implementation of the Service Plan for each client as it pertains to family support and maintaining placement stability
Collaborate with social workers to develop and implement family interventions in support of the stability and growth of the youth and foster/resource family
Maintain documentation, record of work and intervention plans according to agency standards
Participate in mandatory team meetings and trainings
Participate in weekly Placement Team meetings and make recommendations for placement
Attend and participate in Child and Family Team Meetings and Team Decision Making Meetings as needed
Support with administrative tasks related to foster/resource family certification including, but not limited to, data entry, respite requests, resources needed to assist families with maintaining approval status, and compliance with CCL regulations
Create monthly foster/resource parent e-newsletter
Community Resourcing and Referrals:
Build and maintain relationships with community partners and agencies
Maintain and update parent handbook for foster/resource parents
Develop, maintain and organize community resource binders for each county of program operation
Identify, refer and connect foster/resource parents to culturally competent and trauma-informed community resources and services as needed
Other duties as assigned
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Masters in social work, sociology, psychology, education or other human services related fields
At least 2 years working in a child welfare setting
Experience working with refugee and immigrant families, multi-racial/multicultural families
Experience with parent education, training, and coaching
Experience and training in working with children and youth with a history of trauma; knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care
Be able to meet core competency requirements, including having necessary knowledge and skills, as specified in CCL Interim Standards Section 88364(d) through on the job training.
Automobile and valid CA driver’s license
Auto liability coverage according to agency requirements
Excellent computer skills: MS Office (all apps) and Google Suite apps
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Experience in developing and presenting parenting classes and workshops
Certification in evidence-based parenting (such as Triple P)
Multi-lingual in a language commonly spoken by refugees and immigrants (Arabic, French, Spanish, Tigrinya, Burmese, Hindi, Farsi, Nepali, Kiswahili, etc.)
Experience working with Resource Parents/Families or within an FFA
Excellent cross-cultural experience and ability to work well with diverse population
HOURS: Full time. Hours will be based on client and Foster/Resource Family availability. All program staff might be expected to work at least one Tuesday night per month and at least one Saturday per month.
TRAVEL: Bay Area and occasional out-of-state travel required.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons receiving services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.