The International Foster Care program (IFC) provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for children who have fled their countries of origin. This comprehensive set of services includes education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development.
Position requires you to work independently, as part of a team, and in support of case management staff. Consultation, training, and advocacy are important components of this program. Experience working with a variety of immigrant populations desirable. There will be some evening and weekend hours required.
- Welcome foster youth to Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care program upon initial placement. Prepare initial placement packets and review with foster parents upon placement.
- Provide orientation to clients entering URM foster care program, including education on the foster care system, expectations, client rights and responsibilities, local, state and federal laws with focus on teen driving privileges/restrictions, alcohol/substances and dating norms, HIPAA and DVD presentation.
- Prepare new files with cover sheets, table of contents, and file tabs/inserts. Complete intake paperwork/processing including photos, and issue of program IDs. Assist case managers with organizing and maintaining documentation in case files.
- Schedule appointments to setup and maintain educational, legal, medical/dental, mental health, employment, and cultural services for foster youth in care.
- Provide transportation and accompany foster youth to various educational, legal, medical/dental, mental health, employment, and community events and appointments.
- In conjunction with case management and foster parents, plan cultural preservation activities for all children in our care.
- Work with program team to ensure compliance to federal and state contracts for youth in URM Foster Care.
- Conduct face-to-face safety and well-being visits with foster youth as-needed.
- Partner with case management and foster parents to prepare youth for: Adjustment to foster care, Court Hearings, Family reunification; if possible, Extended Foster Care and Independence and self-sufficiency
- Participate in team service planning meetings and case consultations.
- Work with foster youth on building independent living skills through identified activities.
- Assist in foster youth moves from foster homes as-needed.
- Provide orientation to clients entering Supervised Independent Living placements. Conduct visual inspections of youth’s proposed alternate living setting.
- Prepare exit packets to include pertinent education, medical, legal and identification records as well as resource guide for foster youth exiting the program.
- Collect demographic and statistical data for program reviews, audits and evaluations as directed by leadership.
- Participate in related trainings/attend weekly staff meetings.
- Other duties as may be reasonably delegated by the supervisor.