Recruit, train, and license foster homes including ongoing training and support for foster parents.
- License foster parent applicants including collecting and assessing for safety and suitability all required documentation, assessing the parents’/family’s readiness and ability to provide foster care, and preparing the formal written report (home study) of the process utilizing thorough knowledge and understanding of the WAC in regard to rules and laws for licensing of foster parents.
- Outreach in the community to recruit prospective foster parents.
- Maintain state certification and training for and participate in regular Caregiver Core Training and ongoing foster parent training sessions, both at CCS and with other agencies.
- Assess the individual training needs of foster parents, planning and participating in continuing education opportunities for foster parents, as well as notifying foster parents of training possibilities in other agencies in the community.
Act as licensing liaison between Catholic Community Services and other agencies, including DCFS and the Division of Licensing Resources.
- Represent CCS at licensing meetings with other child-placing agencies (CPA) and community organizations.
- Communicate the information shared at meetings with CCS staff.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues from other Child Placing agencies.
- Master’s degree in social services or mental health field.
- Up to 2 years’ experience in a children’s social service environment. Basic understanding of the foster care system.
- Must be eligible for Washington Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration (HIV/AIDS training required).
- Knowledge of family systems approach, with capacity to make appropriate assessments in regard to placement of children in foster homes.
- Be able to function well within an interdisciplinary team.
- Must have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
- Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
- Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).
- First/Aid CPR certified or the ability to become certified within the 1 month of employment.
- Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability or test within first six months of employment.
- Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
- Be committed to developing and safekeeping a workplace which values and supports a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a
- Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing
- Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural
- Training and experience in public speaking and teaching.
- Knowledge of Washington State child welfare regulations and procedures.