Foster Adoption Specialist in Yuma, AZ at ResCare

Date Posted: 6/16/2018

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Job Description


Title: Foster Adoption Specialist

Job Category: Direct Care/Operations

Line of Business: Workforce Services

About ResCare

Join us in transforming peoples' lives and their communities! ResCare is a one-of-a-kind human services company offering services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, home care for seniors, as well as education, vocational training, and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels. Right now, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Foster Adoption Specialist. In this position, you will play a vital and positive role in helping our clients with intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential.

Are you passionate about helping others? Don’t miss this opportunity to find career success and fulfillment while you help people reach their highest level of independence! Apply today! ResCare. Where Care Meets Career.

Foster Adoption Specialist Responsibilities

Foster Adopt Specialists are responsible for providing support and case management to resource families including assisting all
licensing requirements to become foster and adopting families. Foster Adopt Specialists will participate as a member of the DES
service team and will participate in ongoing case planning, Child and Family Team Meetings and Team decision meetings. Foster
Adopt Specialists are responsible for scheduling a pre-screening/mutual assessment of resource families as well as summarizing their
findings in a home study which then get sent to the State for licensing approval. Foster Adopt Specialists are responsible for weekly
and monthly home monitoring of licensed foster homes. Foster Adopt Specialists are responsible for developing a Professional
Development Plan for each resource parent to ensure training and support for each family. Foster Adopt Specialists also coordinate
respite services for each resource family and will assist each family in accessing behavioral health services.

  • Participates in ongoing case planning
  • Participates in CFT and TDM meetings
  • Completes all DES documentation as required by contract
  • Upon admission, and when needed thereafter, coordinates services with DES to ensure resource families remain qualified.
  • Makes initial contact with resource family within 3 business days of receiving parent information
  • Ensures resource family participates in all required training for licensure
  • Assists resource families in completion of paperwork necessary for licensure
  • Effectively manages assigned caseload in a manner that promotes clinically sound, cost effective care
  • Assists eligible clients and family with process of enrollment and ongoing accessing of services with appropriate RBHA
  • Shares relevant information in a timely manner with other CFT members to insure for a comprehensive, coordinated effort     in the provision of appropriate services to assigned clients
  • Assists in coordinating contact between child and resource families as well as biological family when clinically appropriate
  • Will make a minimum quarterly in-home visit for experienced foster families
  • Will make weekly in-home visits to newly licensed homes when children are placed with them
  • Will make face to face contact with the child in placement to ensure the child feels safe at least once per month
  • For foster homes providing care to medically fragile children, in-home visits will be made monthly or as needed to ensure the child is receiving adequate care
  • Will document all interactions and submit documentation to DES within 15 days of any visit
  • Plans include training and services requested by the resource parent
  • Crisis intervention services will be outlined in the plan
  • Time frames for training and support will be identified
  • Link resources families to licensed respite care providers
  • Resource families will be offered a minimum of 144 hours or 6 days of respite coverage per fiscal year
  • In conjunction with DES and the client’s Child and Family Team, assists the family in identifying natural support systems within the community, providing guidance in how to utilize these resources effectively
  • Informs all members of the Child and Family Team of all significant treatment changes and adjustments in a timely manner, including the team in treatment decisions whenever possible
  • Utilizes the CFT process to reduce the occurrence of multiple placement disruptions
  • Completes program data collection as requested and/or required
  • Consistently maintains appropriate documentation in a timely, thorough, & professional manner
  • Other duties assigned

Specific Requirements

The Foster Adopt Specialist must have the ability to interact with culturally diverse families in a supportive, professional manner. Minimum age requirement is 21 years; ability to effectively and professionally communicate (verbal and written) with all levels of personnel internal and external to the company; capable of working responsibly with highly confidential information and of maintaining composure under duress; ability to multi-task and demonstrate good organizational skills; must be able to work independently as well as part of a team; must have working knowledge of computers and software, includingWord, Excel, e-mail, and other usual and customary office programs; must meet all agency requirements for preemployment as required by ResCare and/or state regulations. Evening and weekend work hours may be required.

Additional Information

This position requires a Bachelor's DegreeRequired: Fluent in English and Spanish


In addition to meeting your passion for making a difference in people's lives and career advancement, opportunities you may also be offered:

  • Competitive pay based on experience
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Benefits
  • Suite of voluntary insurance options
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holidays
  • Performance incentives
  • Company Discount Purchasing Program
    • Cell phone Service
    • Ford and Chrysler Automobiles
    • Furniture
    • Appliances
    • Staples discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Predictive Full-time, 40 Hour Plus Schedule
  • Part-time and On-call shifts available (less than 30 hours)

Don't miss this opportunity to find career success and fulfillment while you assist people to reach their highest level of independence. 

ResCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ResCare does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment, or on the basis of gender in its health programs and activities.

2450 S 4th Avenue Ste 201 & 203 , Yuma, AZ 85364-8573 USA 


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