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Northern Virginia Family Services
Oakton, VA
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Position Summary
The NVFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Program staff recruit, prepare and support resource parents to provide temporary, healing home environments for children/teens in the state’s foster care system. These parents receive intensive pre- and in-service training that equips them with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to manage challenging behaviors and build nurturing, trusting relationships with foster children/teens and their biological families. The program provides 24/7 support/crisis intervention to resource families and the foster children/teens placed in their homes. The TFC Trainer is responsible for planning and executing goals and activities to assess, orient, train/educate, certify, and retain resource families. The Trainer develops supportive relationships with families to see them through successful completion of the certification process and ongoing participation in educational and skill-development activities. Essential Job Duties: To execute this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions. Outreach: Participate in outreach activities to help Resource Parent Recruiter attract prospective families. Activities may include networking, participating in community events, building and maintaining professional partnerships, and participating in informational meetings. Assessment: •Conduct and write SAFE home studies. •Administer SAFE Home Study •Complete a minimum of three in-person interviews with prospective resource parents. •Consult with certified SAFE Home Study supervisor at regular intervals throughout the process. •Write home study in approved format. •Conduct multiple in-depth interviews with prospective resource parents to determine fit with agency. •Conduct one-on-one, in-person orientation sessions with prospective resource parents to provide comprehensive information about program and licensing/certification requirements. •Collect required documents and compile/maintain a record for each individual/family participating in the assessment/pre-service process. Training and Development: •Schedule, prepare materials for and deliver the Presley Ridge Treatment Foster Care pre-service orientation curriculum to prospective resource parents. Maintain supportive relationships and telephone or in-person contact with prospective parents throughout pre-training/orientation/home study/certification process. Quality Assurance: •Contact certified resource parents at regular intervals and conduct recertification visits as required by state licensing standards. •Monitor certified parents’ compliance with state and program regulations and provide re-training/psychoeducation as necessary. •Maintain certified resource parent files in accordance with program/licensing/state/Medicaid requirements. Support Activities: •Rotate responsibility for carrying referral cell phone (9am to 5pm on weekdays) with Training Supervisor. •Share responsibility for staffing referrals and placements and contacting identified resource parents with TFC team. •Participate in placement and discharge planning as needed. •Participate in regular supervision with supervisor by providing regular updates and preparing case presentations. •Help conduct fee-for-service adoption home studies using the SAFE Home Study model. •Stay current on program software and licensing requirements for private foster care provider agencies. •Serve as member of case manager on-call rotation providing 24/7 emergency coverage for resource parents when necessary and as directed by Program Manager. Qualification Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties. •Must have one of the following: ?Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work or related field such as Sociology, Psychology, Education or Counseling from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; OR •Bachelor’s degree in any field •Either a one-year student internship or one (1) year of employment providing casework services to children and training to resource families required •Certification in Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care pre-service orientation curriculum preferred •Certification in SAFE Home Study model preferred •Knowledge of child development, complex trauma and its impact on children’s development •Oral and written fluency in English required; Spanish language fluency a plus. Additional language skills welcome. •Proficiency in use of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet, virtual meeting and learning platforms required •Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required •Strong written and oral communication skills including comfort using the phone, speaking in public and making presentations to groups •Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build trust, rapport and maintain relationships •Commitment to NVFS’ organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace. NVFS values diversity in its workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.
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