Licensing & Renewal Support Specialist- Council Bluffs

Children's Square USA Council Bluffs , IA 51501

Posted 10 months ago

Children's Square USA is currently seeking an energetic individual to serve as a Recruitment and Licensing Specialist.

The Licensing & Renewal Support Specialist is responsible for the recruitment of families to care for the types of children coming into care. This entails generating the interest of new families who will meet Service Area priority needs and completing the initial licensing process for prospective foster families, and approval process for prospective adoption families. The Licensing & Renewal Support Specialist will support them through orientation, training, writing the home study and submitting the home study packet, until they receive their first placement.

The worker in this position is responsible for working with families to complete assigned new home studies for resource, relative and/or adoptive families within Project timelines. The position requires the individual to become very familiar with Family-to-Family Recruitment strategies and all licensing rules and adoption rules through the Department of Human Services and the Iowa Code.

This position is based on an annual contract.


  • Recruit resource families who are willing to provide foster care and adoption for the children needing care in the Service Area, following the Service Area's Recruitment Plan and focusing on targeted regions and priority needs.

  • For the purpose of recruiting families, establish and maintain community contacts that can help attract the right resource families, such as health care providers, schools and teacher associations, community-based and other not-for-profit organizations that serve targeted groups, faith-based organizations and racially/ethnically diverse organizations or community groups.

  • Utilize a multi-systemic and Family-to-Family approach for recruiting resource families.

  • Conduct information sessions or pre-assessments at time of inquiry as assigned by the Recruitment & Licensing Supervisor.

  • Assure families meet recruitment needs and are willing to care for children needing foster care and/or adoption, and counsel out inappropriate families at the point of inquiry/pre-assessment.

  • Attend the required family pre-licensing training (PS-MAPP) sessions in their entirety.

  • Conduct thorough and accurate home study assessments to prepare prospective foster and adoption families to care for the types of children needing foster care or special needs adoption.

  • As requested, complete thorough and accurate home studies for relatives, including those requested through Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC).

  • Complete and submit all required information for licensing and/or home study approvals to the Recruitment & Licensing Supervisor for review by the required timeline, and submit timely and complete home study packets to DHS within required timeframes.

  • Identify any issues or concerns to Recruitment & Licensing Supervisor which would affect submission of studies in a timely manner.

  • Facilitate the seamless transition to the family's Renewal & Support Specialist. Transition for adoption only and relative or respite only families occurs as soon as the Notice of Action (NOA) and/or Decision (NOD) has been received; transition for those families available for matching occurs after first placement.

  • Follow up after receipt of NOA with licensed families available for matching and those on hold at the time of initial licensure to prepare the family for their first placement and eventual transition to the Renewal & Support Specialist (for families on hold, follow up to get them off hold and prepared for first placement as quickly as possible).

  • Actively work with the Renewal & Support Supervisor to have all newly licensed foster families, who are available for matching, a first placement within the first 60 days of licensure, and follow up with the family every 30 days until first placement occurs.

  • Communicate with Recruitment & Licensing Supervisor, Service Area Leader (SAL), and/or DHS licensing workers (when appropriate) regarding individual families.

  • Inform SAL/Recruitment & Licensing Supervisor of all situations which may affect successful recruitment and relations with outside stakeholders such as DHS, Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (IFAPA), Family Safety, Risk and Permanency (FSRP) provider, courts, etc.

  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with families, referral sources and stakeholders.

  • Identify frustrations, complaints, and challenges of prospective resource families and develop positive responses to challenge their negative experiences.

  • Enter required data into database

  • Maintain variable work hours that are accessible to families.

  • Participate in required in-service training and supervision.

  • Complete ongoing training necessary to perform and strengthen skills

  • Actively participate in team meetings and promote a positive working environment.

  • Complete training necessary for position.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • Travel as required to meet the needs of the position.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required

  • Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field required

  • A minimum of two years of experience within the field of child welfare is preferred. Experience in the area of adoption, foster care, and home studies are ideal.

  • Ability to interact with clients and children with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences in the service population.

  • Neat, clean, and professional appearance

  • If required and authorized to drive personal vehicle on agency business, must have automobile insurance that meets agency policy

  • Valid driver's license with a driving record that is insurable under agency's insurance


  • Cancer and Intensive Care Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Family and Medical Leave

  • Health Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Long-term Disability Insurance

  • New Child Leave

  • Nursing Services on Campus

  • On-the-Job Training

  • Paid Holidays

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Professional Liability Insurance

  • Retirement Program

  • Short-term Disability Insurance

  • Tax Sheltered Annuity

  • Unpaid Leave

  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance

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Licensing & Renewal Support Specialist- Council Bluffs

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