The incumbent serves as a foster family licensing worker within a Region of the Department of Child Services (DCS). The purpose of the position is to improve the provision of foster care services to children, by providing targeted and timely services related to foster care support, recruitment, licensing, and retention. Incumbent will work to decrease placement moves for children, increase availability and use of local placements, use more appropriate placements resulting from the enhanced ability to understand and match the needs and strengths of children with prospective foster caregivers, expedite the training and licensure of relatives, provide better customer service and support to foster parents, increase the quality and quantity of foster homes through the use of targeted recruitment strategies to meet regional needs, and provide greater support to Family Case Managers (FCM) in making placement determinations for children.
Obtain information from prospective foster parents and conduct Orientation Meetings (individual, group, by phone) to provide information about licensure.
Facilitate foster parents' completion of pre-service, medical (CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions), and in-service training.
Conduct pre-service (if certified trainer), plan and conduct monthly in-service trainings.
Distribute and assist families in completing paperwork required for initial licensure, annual review, and relicensure.
Conduct home visits for initial licensure, annual review, and relicensure. Assess the physical environment, engage in thoughtful dialogue, and utilize self-assessment tools to determine families' suitability for new or continued licensure.
Prepare and update written home studies documenting information such as: physical environment, preparation, strengths and needs, family structure, parenting styles, skills to meet the needs of children in care, type of children best suited for the placement.
Conduct background checks for initial licensure, annual review, and relicensure.
Make licensure recommendations including: approvals, denials, waivers, variances, exceptions, transfers, probationary status, and revocations.
Assist foster parents in completing applicable assessments to identify strengths and needs prior to and after licensure. Utilize the results to plan training activities relevant to identified needs and further develop foster parents' skills.
Enter information into ICWIS and maintain paper licensing files.
Work with local DCS offices to serve as a liaison between families and FCM's.
Assist FCM's in providing information to and support for relative placements.
Cultivate and maintain supportive relationships with foster parents, including: regular phone contact, home visits, timely answers/resolutions, planned networking activities.
Facilitate foster parent support meetings that include 1 in-service training hour per meeting.
Maintain master list of all foster and respite homes in the region; assist FCM's in matching children and foster parents for emergency/non-emergency placements and respite.
Assess allegations of licensing rule violations that do not meet the statutory definition of child abuse and neglect. Write a detailed report including the allegations, findings, and recommendations for corrective action (if needed).
Follow-up and make recommendations regarding any licensing concerns that arise due to allegations that meet the statutory definition of child abuse or neglect, including screened out, unsubstantiated, and substantiated reports.
Accept on-call responsibility (includes weekends and holidays) as assigned for placement consultation and foster parent support.
Targeted recruitment of foster family homes
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university required. At least 15 semester hours or 21 quarter hours in child development; criminology; criminal justice; education; healthcare; home economics; psychology; guidance and counseling; social work; or sociology required (copy of transcript must accompany the application or must be submitted at the time of interview if granted).
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued leave.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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