Administrative/Support, Education/Training, Social Work, Staff/Administrative
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The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence is a partnership between the University of Washington – School of Social Work, Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families, Eastern Washington University – School of Social Work, University of Washington in Tacoma – School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, and the University of Washington – School of Social Work – Partners for Our Children (the Partnership). The vision of the Partnership is to join as one entity to support the readiness and continued learning of foster and relative caregivers and the child welfare workforce with the intention of achieving the best possible outcomes for Washington’s children and families.
The School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a Caregiver Retention Education and Support Services Licensing Coordinator (CaRESLC).
The Caregiver Retention Education and Support Services Licensing Coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of the licensing support aspects of the Retention and Support contract, which is a new service for the Alliance continuum of service and is contracted through 6/30/2022, with the potential to be extended for an additional 2 years before being rebid. The goal of the DCYF Retention and Support contract is to assist new foster parents to move through the licensing process in an expeditious manner, and to support current foster parents and relative caregivers to improve retention outcomes, for improved service to children in care.
The CaRESLC will; • Make initial contact with prospective foster parents; • Provide follow up contacts as determined by Alliance engagement strategies; • Directly assist prospective foster parents with support throughout the licensing process; • Develop, implement, and document statewide licensing support processes for consistent statewide practices; • Actively collaborate with DCYF Licensing Division and other DCYF staff; • Recruit and maintain volunteer mentors supporting those in the licensing process in collaboration with the CaRES Volunteer Mentor Coordinator; • Coordinate with sub-contractors supporting those in the licensing process; • Ensure services delivered are culturally appropriate.
The CaRESLC works within the Partnership to accomplish its vision and values, and works within the framework set out in the contract's scope of work. The CaRESLC participates in team efforts to improve outcomes for children in care through timely and efficent foster parent licensure; increasing community and cultural connections; promoting diversity and supporting caregivers with a variety of individual and group supports. The CaRESLC actively collaborates with DCYF and other community partners to establish and maintain an effective, impactful statewide network of culturally diverse caregiver services. The CaRESLC should demonstrate; genuine curiosity, eagerness to listen and to learn from the diverse experience of others; extensive experience and knowledge of the needs of licensed foster parents and kinship caregivers; skills building and sustaining volunteer services and programs; thorough knowledge of the foster parent licensing requirements and applicable RCW/WAC; ability to identify and address barriers to continued licensure; active engagement with diverse caregiver populations to ensure culturally appropriate services are delivered. Skills in program implementation and contract coordination, and data management /reporting are also needed in this position, for this program to be successful. This position will work closely with the Retention and Support team, Alliance leadership and the Partnership to build and sustain a dynamic, effective program.
The CaRESLC represents the Alliance and the University of Washington School of Social Work to professionals, prospective and licensed foster parents, kinship providers, those with lived experience in child and family serving systems, community partners and DCYF. This role must demonstrate skill and experience guiding others to become licensed as foster parents, understanding the child welfare system and successfully caring for high needs children in homes and the community. It is important that this program, administered by the Alliance, show improvement in foster parent retention, as well as increasing foster parent commitment to the family reunification process, which will lead to better outcomes for children in care. Expanding the support provided by the Alliance opens up future opportunities to improve the lives of children, youth and families, throughout the state.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Approximately 60%: • Lead licensing support program development and implementation including overall engagement with prospective caregivers, assisting in the submission of licensing applications and choosing whether to be state licensed foster home or licensed through a Child Placing Agency based on consultation with prospective caregiver(s) • Receive caregiver inquiries and respond within established timelines • Provide direct service by coordinating caregiver licensing supports throughout the state • Develop and maintain a high level of expertise in the process for licensure, including the homestudy and all RCW/WAC requirements • Provide complete and accurate information on the licensing process, in a warm and engaging manner • Effectively promote caregivers to support placements for DCYF priority populations • Serve as CaRES lead for participation in DCYF Orientation sessions and promoting services to those attending Caregiver Core Training • Build and maintain a team of volunteer mentors to assist those in the licensing process; oversee the licensing mentorship program in collaboration with the CaRES Volunteer Mentor Coordinator • Coordinate with sub-contractors who are providing licensure supports • Assist prospective caregivers to identify and successfully overcome barriers to licensure • Develop and distribute written materials describing the licensing process and available supports • Work effectively with DCYF Licensing Division and field staff to promote foster/kinship care and to increase the number of available caregivers • Work in collaboration with other CaRES staff to receive, review and respond to DCYF lists of kinship caregivers, within established time frames • Ensure licensing coordination services are delivered in culturally sensitive ways that honor the individual culture of each family • Provide "While You Wait" support groups for those in the licensing process and those awaiting their first placements • Represent the Alliance and DCYF, in a positive and strengths-based manner
Approximately 35%: • Enter, maintain, and report on high volumes of data; produce monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as assigned, with a focus on the position’s areas of specialty • Generate aggregated data to create dashboards and summaries for program analysis and program improvement • Develop and implement standard operating procedures for all aspects of licensing support services • Participate in the creation of training focused on the licensing process • Provide reports on observed trends, strengths and needs regarding the licensure process • Direct caregivers to resources that may help resolve issues between caregivers and DCYF • Provide support for other CaRES services as needed, including staffing for the FIRST program, the "Warm Line", initial license and first placement support, support groups, and attendance at DCYF-led Resource, Development and Support (RDS) meetings, as assigned • Collaborate with the entire CaRES team and Alliance Partnership to better meet the needs of the caregiver community.
Approximately 5%: Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Education or related field Recent licensure as a state licensed foster parent and/or experience as a kinship care provider Four years of relevant work experience to include: • Experience supporting licensed foster parents and kinship providers • Experience working with at-risk populations • Experience entering, managing and assessing data • Working knowledge and experience working with programs that address child safety, permanency and well being and working with families that may have multiple stressors • Ability to approach direct service and program development from a strengths-based perspective and to view caregiver families and families of origin in a family-centered, strength-based manner • Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders and community engagement within diverse communities • Demonstrated organizational, oral, written and interpersonal skills • Ability to develop trusting relationships • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and at least one weekend a month • Excellent listening, case management and conflict resolution skills • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Teams, etc.)
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED: • Experience supporting those in the foster parent licensing process and kinship caregivers who are preparing to care for children • Experience working in collaboration with DCYF Licensing Division and other DCYF leadership • Experience building and maintaining volunteer-based services and programs • Public speaking skills • Experience developing and managing statewide programs and services • Experience working within university-based programs and policies; ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and university administration • Bilingual/Multilingual
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