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Spanish Speaking Foster Care Case Planner

Forestdale Inc.


Description
Established in 1854, Forestdale is an innovative, Queens-based child welfare organization located in Forest Hills. Our mission is to ensure that all children have the fundamental assets they need to thrive: a safe and stable home life; meaningful life and career goals; communication and life skills; and health and sexuality education.

Forestdale currently seeks a Spanish-speaking Case Planner who will be trained in ChildSuccessNYC (CSNYC). CSNYC offers Case Planners specific training in evidence-based and evidenced-informed interventions that will assist the Case Planner support families and caregivers reach permanency goals within a reasonable period of time. S/he will be responsible for planning for families with the intent of achieving a permanency for children either through reunification with birth parents/discharge resources, and if not possible, through adoption, KinGap or APPLA.

Responsibilities:
Primary responsibilities include:
•Conduct field visits to foster homes and birth parents homes
•Coordinate and supervise family visits
•Facilitate weekly groups for birth parents and foster parents
•Ensure each case adheres to ACS’ permanency timeline AFSA guidelines
•Maintain case compliance via data entry and record keeping
•Accompany families to necessary drug treatment, medical, school, housing, public assistance service appointments as necessary
•Attend court hearings with prepared court reports and/or permanency reports. Additionally, the case planner is expected to proficiently report and/or testify to the Court the progress of each case and any noted barriers to accomplishing the goals of the service plan
•Complete other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
Ideal candidates possess the following:
•Ability to speak Spanish a must
•Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice or counseling from an accredited college; related field
•Capacity to integrate and apply CSNYC model principles into case practice activities
•Ability and motivation to facilitate birth parent and/or foster parent support groups, utilize family finding techniques and successfully manage cases to comply with permanency planning timelines
•An understanding and respect for community needs and cultures
•Organizational, verbal and written communication skills
•Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends
•Ability to travel in and around the metropolitan New York City region
•Ability to maintain composure and function well under stress

Forestdale provides a competitive salary and outstanding benefits - including 4 weeks Vacation, Health/Dental/Life/Disability insurance, Pension Plan and Tax-Deferred Medical/Dependent/Commuter Plans

How TO APPLY:
Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to HR@forestdaleinc.org


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