Boys and Girls Village

Foster Care Support Worker

Location: Milford, CT
 
ABOUT US At Boys & Girls Village, we understand that children and families are the cornerstones of our society. Since 1942, it has been our mission to preserve and strengthen family bonds. As a leader in services for troubled youth and their families, we continually strive to develop a seamless continuum of care. Boys & Girls Village offers an array of services for children and their families. These services range from highly structured sub-acute services on campus to intensive intervention and care in the home and the community. Our broad range of programs and services are designed to work collaboratively with families, state and local agencies, and other community providers.
 
PURPOSE/FUNCTION OF THE PROGRAM:
 
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is an intensive, structured, clinical level of care provided to children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) within a safe and nurturing family environment. Children in TFC receive daily care, guidance, and modeling from specialized, highly trained, and skilled foster parents. TFC families receive support and supervision with the purpose of stabilizing and/or improving a child’s mental/behavioral health issues, and achieving individualized goals and outcomes based upon a comprehensive, multifocal care plan, and facilitating children’s timely and successful transition into permanent placements such as reunification, adoption, or independent living.
 
The Therapeutic Foster Care program trains, recruits, and approves foster/ adoptive parents. The program provides care management services to children ages 6-17 who require out of home care and are capable of living in a family setting. They are children who have some combination of psychiatric, behavioral, and emotional disorders.
 
POSITION SUMMARY:
 
Foster Care Support Worker provides services to youth and families in their homes and out in the community. The Support Worker develops a trusting supportive relationship with family members through direct contact in the context of home visits, phone contacts and assistance in times of crisis. They must work a flexible schedule in order to accommodate the individual family needs, schedules, and in order to respond to crisis.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • Provides services to families including but not limited to accompanying parents to appointments as needed, work as part of the treatment teams with the assigned clinician, facilitate various prevention groups and interact with other service providers as appropriate.
  • Evening appointments are required (2 – 3 days per week).
  • Demonstrates understanding of and adherence to the TFC model, and adheres to all contract, certification, and licensing requirements.
  • Provides services consistent with Boys & Girls Village standards (provides support to 3- 4 TFC Case Managers: approximately 25 families).
  • Gathers and completes all QI and DCF required measures, e.g., Ohio Scales, Life Skills, PIE reporting
  • Documents all services in adherence with state statures, regulatory, billing, COA standards and Boys & Girls Village Standards.
  • Offer therapeutic support, parent guidance to families.
  • Collaborate with Care Manager to provide advocacy, case management and concrete services in accordance with treatment plan.
  • Must be willing to conduct client activities during late afternoon and evening times and/or weekend hours.
  • Transportation of youth as required
 
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
  • Participates in all required trainings, network meetings, DCF reviews, etc.
  • Prevent, intervene and report instances of child abuse or neglect.
  • Keeps Program Supervisors apprised of any and all situations which involve the safety of any individuals in the program or community, to monitor the impact on the agency as well as its mission of care for children and families.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned in order to deliver seamless services throughout the agency.
  • Participate in weekly supervision
  • Collaborates with other service providers to assure continuity of care.
  • Serves as secondary coverage for identified Care Managers during vacation, illness, or other authorized absence.
 
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:
 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related mental health field or equivalent. Also appropriate for Master’s Degree with little experience.
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and use of a reliable automobile.
  • Demonstrates culturally competent work history and training.
  • Experience working with children and adults.
  • Must be willing to work with families in their homes and diverse communities.
 
 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish)
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
  • N/A
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 
  • Must be able to climb several flights of stairs
  • Must be able to work with clients in a variety of settings
  • Must be able to lift 35lbs
 
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT
 
  • Must willing to drive to off –campus sites for home visits and collaborative meetings
  • Ability to be flexible with weekly work schedule ranging between the hours of 7am- 9pm.
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
Boys & Girls Village takes pride in the supportive, team-oriented work environment we offer to current and prospective employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan and generous vacation benefits. In addition, it is our goal to assure that the highest quality of care is provided to our clients by our competent, committed employees. To that end, we encourage professional development through our tuition reimbursement program and promote continued growth through various learning opportunities. Boys & Girls Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we kindly ask that you do not inquire via telephone about the status of your resume. You can be assured that if you do not hear from us, your resume will be held on file for future consideration. PLEASE NOTE:Due to the Department of Children & Families regulations, we are prohibited from hiring anyone with a pending charges or convictions of assault or a violent crime; risk of injury to a minor; impairing the morals of a child; physical or sexual abuse, possession; use or sale of a controlled substance; similar crimes.
 
 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.