Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Foster Care Recruiter & Lic Specialist

    Job Locations US-FL-Jacksonville
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Foster Care
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.


    OBJECTIVE:  To develop and implement recruiting strategies for prospective foster families, to coordinate licensing and relicensing of foster parents and to provide ongoing support. 

    - Develop recruitment strategies and initiatives for Foster Program
    - Perform recruitment planning based on community demographics and trends
    - Prepare recruitment materials for promotion of foster care within the

    - Recruit and/or screen foster families which may include performing public

      outreach and speaking engagements
    - Act as a liaison with the case manager, school and other parties relevant to a

      child placed in a CHS home
    - Track licensure/re-licensure status of foster parents and potential foster

    - Complete any necessary file documentation and process data through FSFN

      and other required data systems
    - Negotiate payment with providers
    - Perform licensing planning based on community demographics
    - Develop or assist in the development of policies and procedures for the Foster

    - Coordinate planning strategies with other agencies as applicable
    - Engage community partners in developing an annual recruitment plan
    - May also perform the same essential functions as a Foster Care Counselor

      that include:
    - Screen foster families.
    - Provide information and initial screening to foster home inquiries.
    - Conduct foster orientation training.
    - May co-facilitate or lead (if MAPP/PRIDE certified) MAPP/PRIDE training.
    - Conduct home studies, including ICPC.
    - Collect and interpret all required documents for licensure or home approval

      (i.e., background screening, inspections, references, life stories, etc.).
    - Prepare licensing and/or re-licensing packets for submission to CBC or DCF.
    - Assist in the assessment client’s behaviors and emotional needs to determine

      the best possible home match.
    - Provide on call support after hours.
    - Provide on site support to prevent placement disruption.
    - Facilitate placement needs of children (Medicaid/SSN card, Blue Book,

      medical information).
    - Receive and review referrals for placement in CHS homes.
    - Assist in the approval of placements of children into CHS homes.
    - Conduct home visits and complete required documentation in timely manner.
    - Attend and participate in foster parent association meetings.
    - Prepare and disseminate foster parent newsletters.
    - Provide on-going in-service training for foster parents.
    - Coordinate special events training and activities for foster families, in

      individual or group settings.
    - Provide status and licensure of foster parents and potential foster parents to

      the CBC.
    - Maintain foster parent files.
    - Review and follow up on incident reports pertaining to incidents in CHS foster

    - Provide support to dependency staff in relation to the assigned specializatio

    - Maintain positive relationships with other agencies and community members

      as applicable.
    - Complete calls and document all efforts to secure placement for child.
    - Secure required approvals prior to finalizing placement arrangements.
    - Complete required placement information forms and distribute as necessary

      for timely and accurate completion of data input and payment.
    - Assist staff with physical placement of child.
    - Attend related meetings and inform necessary parties of procedural problems

      and placement issues.
    - Request waivers on homes that are over capacity.
    - Provide transportation.
    - May attend placement staffings (step down staffings, MDT, CBC placement

      meetings, etc.).
    - Link and refer to community resources.
    - Maintain statistical records on all licensed family foster care homes.
    - Oversee an inventory checklist is completed for each child in the foster home.
    - Participate in the quality improvement process.

    This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children’s Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.  


    REQUIRED:  All degrees must be from an accredited university.

    - Bachelor’s degree in a human services related field
    - Two years of professionally related experience
    - Must successfully complete Child Protection Professional certification within

      six months of hire
    - Must successfully complete MAPP or PRIDE Certification within one year of

    - For Unaccompanied Alien Child/Minor Program, bilingual required

    - Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire


    - MSW or related master’s degree
    - Experience training or supervising foster parents
    - MAPP or PRIDE certification
    - Experience or knowledge of special needs children


    - Ability to conduct home visits
    - Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
    - Ability to plan and carry out an effective community recruitment program
    - Ability to teach/train adults
    - Ability to work flexible hours
    - Ability to work in a team environment
    - Effective organizational skills
    - Effective verbal and written communication skills, including group

      presentation skills
    - Interviewing skills

    NEEDED: driving, sitting, standing, walking
    PREFERRED: repetitive motions


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