Social Caseworker IV – Foster Care/Kinship Trainer/Coach – Westminster, CO

The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time.

The primary purpose of this position is to stabilize children placed in foster and kinship care, reduce placement disruption, provide support, coaching and training of foster and kinship foster caregivers, and improve retention of caregivers. This position will work closely with both the Resource Family Development Unit and the Kinship Support Services Unit, and will be under the supervision of the Resource Family Development Supervisor. This position is responsible for the development and enhancement of the Foster Care training component of the Adams County Foster Care Program. Other responsibilities include: 1) identifying, creating, and implementing a therapeutic curriculum to enhance the effectiveness of care for children entering foster or kinship foster care; 2) planning, organizing and conducting training and coaching intended to foster learning and support of new foster and kinship foster care families; 3) supporting new foster parents and kinship foster caregivers during their first year via coaching and crisis intervention; 4) maintaining current knowledge on the latest local and national research regarding effective training, coaching and retention of foster and kinship foster caregivers.

Members of the team are cross-trained and may have other responsibilities within the unit. We are looking for someone who has excellent communication skills, as well as strong writing skills. The ideal candidate must be familiar or be able to familiarize themselves with foster care policy, rules and regulations, as well as Volume 7 regulations for foster care certification.

This position, as a member of the Resource Family Development Unit, is primarily responsible for the following:

Coaching:
Provide supportive and behavioral coaching via phone, email, and in person for the initial year of new families’ certification and on an as-needed basis for kinship foster care providers.

Complete home visits to new foster and kinship foster providers as-needed.

Create and support a mentor program that partners newly certified foster families with experienced families.

Assist and support the ongoing support group for current foster families.

Provide crisis intervention to foster and kinship foster providers on an as-needed basis. This may include after-hours interventions on evenings and/or weekends. Utilize skills/framework developed from Partnering for Safety practices.

Participate in staffings as needed within the agency, other providers and professionals.

Create and develop reporting tools/reports that clearly delineate monthly training/coaching activities/attempts and outcomes. This report will display all active and prospective trainings internally and within the community, as well as the extent and type of coaching interactions.

Develop and implement effective coaching interventions/practices during the first year of placement to improve placement stability and retention of foster and kinship foster providers.

Training:

Actively establishing, maintaining and providing a therapeutic training curriculum for new families.

Coordinate monthly ongoing trainings to address the needs of current foster families.

Create, maintain, and distribute a training calendar to certified foster families including internal and external training opportunities.

Ensure that training efforts are communicated with staff throughout the Division.

Engage current, seasoned foster families in order to solicit their involvement with the training of prospective families.

Actively assess the ongoing training needs of current families via surveys and engagement with current families via attendance at advisory meeting, support groups, etc.

Create, implement and participate in ongoing retention activities and efforts to support and recognize current foster families.

Develop and implement effective trainings focused on improving placement stability and retention of foster and kinship providers during the first year of placement.

Secondary duties of this position include:
Receive, process, and follow up on applications received from prospective foster families, including distribution of forms, policies, and pre-certification materials.

Conduct and review thorough background checks on all prospective families, complete pre-screening interviews with new families, and provide guidance regarding the certification process.

Assist in responding to inquiries that are received via the Adams County website. All inquiries are responded to within 24 hours.

Provide back-up coverage and support of the 1KID foster care recruitment line. This includes ensuring the phone line is always available to the community and all inquiry calls and voicemails are responded to within 24 hours.

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