The mission of Family Support Services of North Florida is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
The major function of this position includes the initial licensing, re-licensing and support of family foster homes. This position is also responsible for assuring that the licensing of foster homes are in compliance with State standards, that we maintain and retain our foster homes, and serve as liaison to community agencies involved in Foster Home Licensing.
Essential duties and responsibilities
• Responsible for timely submission of re-licensing packets to DCF. 100% of all completed re-licensing packets will meet FSS and DCF timeframe standards. • Complete quarterly visits with foster parents. • Contacting foster parents within a 48 hour time frame when new placements are made. Ensuring that any services they need are in place and then following up with Kids Central to let them know if anything is needed. • Responsible for providing completed re-licensing packets to the Licensing Supervisor 50 days prior to license expiration for a comprehensive review prior to CPC/DCF submission. • Contact PRIDE participants within one week of assignment to begin initial licensing home study and completion of packet. • Notification to placement of client placement activities (runaways, hospitalizations, moves) ASAP to ensure proper payment to foster parents. • Complete a minimum of two home visits to the foster home for information gathering and assessment of the home for initial licensing home study. • Complete and submit initial licensing packet within 3 weeks of PRIDE graduation. • Complete follow-up on deficient packets as directed, usually 24 hour to 5 day period. • Responsible for in-home visit for re-licensing purposes. • Reassures that records are maintained on all licensed homes and that all licensing information is correct. • Responsible for insuring that all foster homes are in compliance with State standards. • Provide documentation for evaluation/recommendation of foster home changes or closures. • Attend Foster Home Association meetings on a scheduled rotation basis. • Attend quarterly trainings and recruitment events • Attend foster home risk committee meetings. • Be available for foster parents if they have questions or concerns or need support. Part of the retention plan. • To treat foster parents, the public and co-workers with courtesy, respect and dignity and present a positive public image.
Ability to: • Understand and commit to the FSS mission. • Determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments. • Work effectively with the V.P. of Licensing and the Project Manager to execute programs and services • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Knowledge of: • Crisis intervention and problem solving techniques. • Social, economic, health and/or rehabilitative services objectives. • Methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data. Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration: • Valid driver’s license. • Current certification in First Aid and CPR is recommended. • Child Protection Certification preferred .
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. • Successful completion of training provided by DCF for Licensing and Family Service Counselors. • Prior experience with at risk children preferred.