• Resource Family Development Worker - Foster Care, Social Work, Full-Time, Flint

    Posted Date 17 hours ago(1/17/2019 8:18 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Hours Per Pay Period
    Work Hours
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
    Position Location
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Develops, coordinates and participates in the recruitment, training and licensing of foster care homes for children within the community and in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Establish and maintain a current contact file with recruitment sources, prospective foster homes data files and mailing lists.
    2. Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with religious/community groups and key individuals to increase awareness of the need for foster parents and other services offered by the organization.
    3. Devise, implement and evaluate strategies and recruitment plans to ensure adequate foster homes in accordance with program, organization and contractual requirements and standards.
    4. Monitor and evaluate recruitment strategies effectiveness. Compile statistical data related to service delivery outcomes and measurements and provide reports and data as requested.
    5. Plan and attend recruitment events and activities. Respond to calls from interested parties.
    6. Initiate follow up with prospective foster homes that were identified from recruitment activities.
    7. Plan and conduct regular orientation meetings and pre-service training sessions with prospective foster parents.
    8. Complete initial home study process for all new foster family applicants, achieving expected timeframes.
    9. Plan and participate in foster family retention activities and events to acknowledge and support foster parents.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor's degree in a social work ore related field.



    • Experience in child welfare and foster care services preferred.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of State of Michigan child and family service systems and resources.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills.
    • Ability to be culturally sensitive.
    • Strong analytical skills with ability to work with complex social systems and coordinate resources.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
    • Ability to advocate for person served and program needs.
    • Ability to express empathy and compassion towards persons served. Ability to constructively deal with hostility, anger and resistance.
    • Knowledge and ability to utilize computer applications, including Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to speak, read and write fluent English. Ability to effectively and professionally communicate orally and in writing.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • May work extended hours with availability for flexible scheduling.
    • Availability for events and activities beyond normal business hours required.
    • Local and state-wide travel to attend/facilitate meetings and other related business required.
    • Valid unrestricted Michigan driver's license with good driving record required. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.
    • Ability to lift and carry small children.
    • May need to physically restrain older children weighing up to 100 pounds.


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