Foster Care Family Specialist
Company: Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth
Posted on: June 5, 2019
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The Family Specialist is responsible for coordinating a
comprehensive case management plan for youth and families to ensure
the safety, permanency and well-being of youth in foster care.
Conducts assessment of family s strengths and needs; assesses
problem areas and utilizes various treatment modalities and
resources to effect growth and change.
Participates in development, implementation and ongoing evaluation
of comprehensive treatment and discharge plan. Develops alternative
placement or permanency resources for youth that may not return to
their families. Completes a comprehensive discharge summary at
least eight weeks prior to discharge.
Delivers effective case management services, including ensuring
counseling sessions are scheduled as needed and children receive
required medical and dental examinations. Tracks and monitors
services provided, completes all documentation in a timely and
comprehensive manner. Ensures compliance with confidentiality
standards, parental consent and necessary release of
Conducts casework contacts with families, as needed but at least
twice a month, in their homes and community settings to focus on
treatment goals. Engages youth and family by developing effective
and caring relationship. Ensures children are maintained in safe,
Acts as a bridge between youth and family, and foster care
treatment teams through telephone, face-to-face contacts, family
conferences, comprehensive treatment reviews, etc. Attend treatment
Assists with reunification of youth with family, community, school
by implementing permanent supports and resources including but not
limited to identifying and working with a mentor, setting up after
school recreational and job opportunities and developing a relapse
Minimum Bachelor s degree in human services or related field.
Minimum of 1 year of experience working with at-risk youth and
Must be able to work a flexible schedule with variable hours
including day, evening, weekend, holiday and subject to call
Must have a valid driver s license and reliable vehicle. Travel is
required. Ability to coordinate and plan travel for visits and
appointments in efficient manner.
Ability to work with economically and culturally diverse
Skills: Ability to handle crisis intervention in solution focused
manner as well as communication skills including written, verbal
and listening skills. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected
Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not
discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or
applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or
disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or
applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation
information of other employees or applicants as a part of their
essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees
or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to
compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response
to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an
investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor s legal duty to furnish information.
Keywords: Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Binghamton , Foster Care Family Specialist, Other , Binghamton, New York
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