Foster & Adoption Home Developer
Lonestar Social Services
Beaumont, TX
BASIC FUNCTION:
Establish and build supportive and nurturing relationships with foster children; assist each child in dealing with issues such as abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Ensure each child’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met. Responsible for the coordination and provision of services to foster children, foster families, placing families, and agencies, recruitment, licensure and support of foster and adoptive families to include education and training as well as monitoring.

RESPONSIBILITIES/TASKS:
NOTE:Some descriptions may have more specific duties and/or goals and objectives attached to this form. Such attachments normally reflect unique aspects of specific locations, shifts, departments, etc.

Coordinate and implement the recruitment of foster and adoptive parents for the Foster Care program. Recruit foster homes by writing letters, placing ads and giving presentations; take inquiries from potential foster families, meet families and assist with paperwork and in home training.
Timely and accurately complete the required licensing, assessment, and support processes to ensure that families meet Licensing Standards and are appropriately prepared to care for children; make recommendations for utilization; introduce new families to field/adoptive staff for future utilization; amend individual licenses relative to caps, city, age ranges, etc. and renew licenses at required intervals.
Accept incoming placement calls; screen calls.
Provide training for new and current foster homes; make quarterly visits to foster homes.
Communicate with program staff to assess each child’s progress and needs.
Make contact with and oversee foster children as required by state licensing and Lonestar policies and procedures.
Make and document all telephone contacts with parents or outside agencies; timely and accurately file all paperwork.
Timely and accurately complete all necessary placement paperwork; complete admissions assessment if appropriate; timely and accurately complete discharge paperwork.
Communicate with TDFPS (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services) and other placing agencies by telephone; meet with placing agency caseworkers to discuss client needs.
Develop, monitor and manage treatment plans, and review as scheduled; attend treatment team staffing; invite placing agency caseworkers and families to treatment team meetings.
Provide counseling for crisis intervention as required.
Work with foster parent in coordinating visits with placing agency and/or family for family visits and contact. Supervise visits with parents and/or TDFPS as needed.
Provide family therapy as indicated; monitor follow-up in after-care.
Report suspected child abuse/neglect to Administrator and appropriate law enforcement agency.
Enroll children in school as necessary, and withdraw upon intake or discharge; communicate with school and meet with teachers as needed.
Maintain complete and accurate information in Client Information System.
Attend PPT and court hearings as required.
Consult with supervisor on specific needs of each child.
Prepare progress reports for placing agency caseworkers as requested
Maintain a supportive relationship with foster care resources, which includes identifying on-going training and support needs; assisting in obtaining such services along with other team members; coordinating, with assistance from other team members; providing support and strengthening relationships with foster parents; monitoring licensed foster or adoptive homes as required to ensure the home is in compliance with Licensing Standards and assisting families in resolving compliance issues.
Recruit and develop foster and adoptive homes; participate in public relations assignments directed for purposes of educating the community about resource need within the region of service.
Consult with TDFPS staff with recommendations about the selection of foster family resources that best meet the needs of the children, which includes recommendations for support services to maintain the resource.
Conduct investigations relative to complaints about licensed foster /adoptive homes in accordance with the TDFPS; identify issues and assist families in developing corrective action plans; and make recommendations for licensing enforcement when appropriate.
Participate in regional needs assessment process by identifying and prioritizing foster / adoptive care needs at the local level.
Provide / maintain reports, statistics, records and documentation of activities on a monthly basis or as required.
Utilize excellent public speaking skills to successfully communicate with a multi-ethnic population base in the community.
Coordinate and lead frequent community presentations for recruiting purposes.
Serve on call on weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.
Work evenings and weekends as needed.
Provide support services to children and families as indicated.
Maintain compliance with all Lonestar policies, procedures and requirements. Maintain compliance with all state and federal laws and regulatory requirements.
Work successfully as part of a team and responsible for developing then maintaining strong working relationships with co-workers.
Attend and participate in staff meetings and training as required.
Perform general office tasks as required.
Perform special assignments, projects, and other duties as required.

POSITION EXPERIENCE and ABILITIES:
NOTE:These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis. Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

Requires in depth understanding of a comprehensive field of knowledge normally associated with the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the behavioral sciences or education. Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred with coursework in the behavioral sciences or education.
Minimum one year prior related professional experience in a public or private social welfare agency required. Minimum one year prior related experience as a Case Manager preferred.
Requires extensive knowledge of modern methods and techniques required for specialized training programs. Requires working knowledge of the administration of training programs and knowledge of available literature in the social work field.
Requires working knowledge of current social and economic problems of community and individual health, educational and recreational needs and community and State resources.
Requires skill in the development of foster parents through the planning and conducting of training sessions; requires ability to maintain effective professional relationships with foster parents, staff, and other disciplines.
Requires proficient ability to speak, read and write English.
Requires ability to perform child restraints as necessary.
Requires excellent public speaking skills to successfully communicate with a multi-ethnic population base in the community.
Requires flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed to speak in churches and other public places to work as a team member and meet business needs.
Requires a self-starter attitude and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Requires ability to recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; and ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversations.
Required to appropriately and effectively motivate people.
Required to handle multiple tasks; be energetic; and exhibit good organizational skills.
Required to deal with a variety of adults and children with a range of personalities and problems.
Requires personality attuned to the requirements of meeting needs of clients and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.
Must take CPR, first aid, and restraint training upon employment with Lonestar; must be willing to participate in training to be a trainer in these areas.
Requires ability to hear and receive verbal instructions, answer phones, communicate with people in situations with some background noise.
Required to maintain confidentiality.
Proficient working knowledge and ability to accurately and timely operate and perform computer related tasks with specific equipment and software applications required.
Requires ability to speak clearly and make self-understood effectively in face to face interactions; articulate with accuracy to speak on the phone.
Proficient working knowledge and ability to accurately and timely operate and perform computer related tasks with specific equipment and software applications required.
Requires professional commitment to principles and teachings so as to perform tasks and responsibilities in alignment with Lodestar's mission, vision, and values.
Requires ability to drive assigned vehicle(s) or personal vehicle, with appropriate state license, following all laws applicable; must provide proof of liability insurance and must be eligible to be insured under Lodestar's insurance policy. Must be age 21 or older to drive on behalf of Lonestar.
Requires ability to use up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force continuously to move objects and/or people.
Requires ability to walk, stand and sit, sometimes for prolonged periods of time.
Requires sufficient good health to properly discharge duties. Employees shall not be permitted to work who have infectious disease or skin lesion for the duration of the communicability.
Other duties as assigned
Monday through Friday 830-530 – *** Management Opportunities Available to manage Regional Operations*** Must be able to come to Austin Texas and train for 20 days.

Job Type: Full-time