Foster Care Licensing and Recruitment Specialist
Remarkable People — We Are a Remarkable Team
At Damar Services, our mission is to build better futures for children and adults facing life's greatest developmental and behavioral challenges. Our team of more than 900 human services professionals works collaboratively with families, referring organizations, government agencies and each other to achieve success for our clients. Along with valuable support from more than 1000 volunteers, we help those we proudly serve develop new skills, a greater sense of confidence — and most importantly — hope!
The Foster Care Licensing and Recruitment Specialist is responsible for foster family home recruitment and licensing duties, including outreach, conducting orientation sessions and interviews with individuals and families who express interest in becoming licensed foster parents. In addition, the incumbent will coordinate and facilitate quality pre-service and ongoing training sessions, as well as oversee the pre-licensure (home study) process and ongoing licensing needs of the agency’s licensed foster homes.
Quality Services/High Quality Staff
• Actively schedules, attends and participates in foster family recruitment and outreach opportunities.
• Assists in the screening process of potential foster families.
• Conducts interviews and orientation sessions with potential foster families.
• Evaluates suitability, strengths and needs of potential foster families and foster family homes.
• Conducts background checks and verifies results.
• Conducts reference checks for foster parent applicants.
• Works with foster parent applicants through the completion of comprehensive licensing, pre-service training, and SAFE home study processes.
• Monitors the licensing needs and requirements of licensed foster homes on an ongoing basis, and conducts the annual review and relicensure processes.
• Coordinates training schedules and locations for pre-service and ongoing foster family training.
• Facilitates and conducts pre-service and ongoing foster family training.
• Conducts CPR and First Aid certification and recertification classes.
• Monitors performance and competency of foster family trainees.
• Tracks required annual foster parent ongoing training hours.
• Creates paper and electronic files for individuals and families completing the pre-service/initial licensure process.
• Inputs and maintains foster home information on a regular basis in paper files, electronic database files, and MaGIK.
• Regularly audits paper files, as well as the placement and licensing database used by the agency, to verify the agency’s licensed foster homes are in compliance with required documentation to meet licensing standards, policies, and contractual obligations at all times.
• Completes documentation that is accurate and legible.
• Completes and updates mandatory training and other licensure related items in a timely manner.
• Maintains professional, consistent and open communication (verbal and written) with agency staff, referral sources, foster families, and other service/community providers.
• Understands and complies with all state policies, procedures and codes pertaining to the program’s operations related to licensing, placement and care of children.
• Assists with providing child care during foster parent ongoing training sessions, when applicable.
• Assists with referral and placement coordination, as needed.
• Provides case management services to assist with case coverage, as needed.
• Attends mandatory staff meetings, supervision and other meetings as assigned.
• Adheres to all policies and procedures as defined in the Employee Handbook and Damar Operational Policies and Procedures Manual.
• Takes pride and ownership in Damar’s facilities and assigned work areas.
• Reports any suspected exploitation, abuse, or neglect of a child.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Seeks the best use of materials, equipment and staff to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
• Acts as a good steward of Damar Services, Inc. and Damar Foster Care Services.
• Establishes engaging and effective working relationships with potential and licensed foster families.
• Works with referral sources, professional staff, clients, clients’ families, foster families, and the community in a courteous and respectful manner.
• Respects the culture, diversity and rights of all children/youth, families and the community.
• Shows initiative by identifying solutions to work towards improving stakeholder satisfaction.
Growth and Transformation
• Prioritizes duties in a manner consistent with organizational objectives and growth.
• Takes initiative, with the ability to collaborate and take direction while also being able to work autonomously.
• Ability to follow and execute specific verbal and written instructions.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a timely and responsive manner.
• Ability to promote and maintain positive interactions with all internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to convey enthusiasm, motivation and compassion to foster families and employees.
• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
• Ability to be organized and manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
• Ability to work under pressure and adjust to a diverse working environment.
• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive and confidential information, as well as sensitive situations.
• Ability to be flexible in adapting to changes in priorities, assignments, and other interruptions, which may impact pre-established timelines and courses of action for completing projects and assignments.
• Ability to identify information, materials, and resources needed to complete a project or assignment.
• Ability to carry out a variety of critical and time sensitive projects without detailed instructions.
• Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail when completing multiple assignments.
• Ability to utilize technology efficiently, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office programs, the internet, MaGIK, and the licensing and placement database utilized by Damar Foster Care Services.
• Ability to collaborate with members of a team.
• Proven relevant and applied experience in the field of child welfare and/or foster care, operating in accordance with state mandated policies and procedures.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, associated human service or healthcare area of study
• Excellent communication and presentation skills required, including interpersonal and negotiation skills.
• Minimum of 1 year of experience in therapeutic foster care home licensing or case management, with comprehensive understanding of Indiana’s foster care system.
• Minimum of 1 year prior experience in facilitating classroom training required. Experience training Indiana DCS RAPT training curriculum desired, including certification as a RAPT trainer of trainers preferred.
• Certified to conduct CPR and First Aid training desired.
• Certified to conduct and complete SAFE assessments and home studies required.
• Minimum age of 21.
• Valid Indiana driver’s license and driving record that meets eligibility requirements of Damar’s insurance carrier (for all positions requiring driving).
• Successful completion of pre-employment drug screen and physical.
• Must meet background screening requirements of program(s) assigned to.
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends required. On-call 24/7 as required for emergency needs.