The NVFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Program staff recruit, prepare and support resource parents to provide temporary, healing home environments for children/teens in the state’s foster care system. These parents receive intensive pre- and in-service training that equips them with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to manage challenging behaviors and build nurturing, trusting relationships with foster children/teens and their biological families. Program case managers, who meet with their clients up to four times a month (or more often, as needed), are responsible for ensuring that foster children/teens meet their treatment plan goals and that their resource parents are helping them do that. The program provides 24/7 support/crisis intervention to resource families and the foster children/teens placed in their homes. Trainers and case managers work closely with resource families to support their success.
The TFC Training and Placement Supervisor provides administrative oversight of the program’s resource parent recruitment, education and development, and retention efforts. The Supervisor identifies and keeps the Director apprised of operational issues that could have a negative impact on the program’s success and outcomes. The Supervisor ensures that program staff are prepared to respond to all unannounced audits, thereby minimizing or preventing citations.
The TFC Training and Placement Supervisor is a content expert and skilled presenter with in-depth knowledge of adult learning principles and group dynamics, have the ability to communicate a comprehensive understanding of the child welfare system, the consequences of early childhood trauma on brain development, relevant clinical theories, and the details of multiple evidence-based therapeutic parenting models. Additionally, the Supervisor is a certified SAFE home study practitioner who is adept at building relationships, having difficult/corrective conversations and using Motivational Interviewing skills with the program’s resource parents. This role will primarily work remotely while providing some essential services which may require occasional in-person and/or in-office work. The training supervisor will need to participate in TFC events that occur after hours and/or on weekends (foster parent support groups/trainings, foster parent recruitment and outreach activities, program celebrations, etc.)
In conjunction with our commitment to public safety and the requirements of many contracts, NVFS has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with applicable law. Medical or religious accommodations may be requested.
Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Outreach and Recruitment:
•Plan and lead outreach activities to recruit resource parents by networking, building and maintaining community partnerships, and hosting informational meetings.
•Remain current on trauma research as it relates to children/youth in foster care as well as on therapeutic parenting strategies; use that knowledge to inform practice and training.
•Remain current on resource parent recruitment, management and retention research/strategies; use that knowledge to inform practice.
•Conduct multiple clinically-oriented interviews with prospective resource families using a comprehensive screening tool to evaluate applicants’ capacity to meet the therapeutic needs of foster children/teens. These interviews focus on applicants’ emotional intelligence, understanding of trauma and therapeutic parenting and behavior-management skills.
•Evaluate prospective resource parents’ ability to meet the requirements of the formal job description; synthetize the information collected during clinical interviews and the written application.
•Plan and lead development/delivery of pre-service orientation for prospective resource families. Guide Training Team staff in development and production of pre-service orientation materials.
•Maintain supportive relationship and telephone or in-person contact with prospective resource parents throughout evaluation and pre-service orientation process.
•Provide post-certification training and support to resource parents.
•Conduct ongoing analysis and evaluation of pre- and in-service training content to ensure program provides up-to-date, best-practice information.
•Maintain training resource library that includes hard copy and online materials. Update library according to identified needs or trends in referrals.
•Lead periodic assessments of resource parents’ general and child-specific training needs in consultation with Case Managers, Program Manager and Program Director.
•Ensure compliance with licensure regulations and contractual requirements that includes, but is not limited to, quality documentation and timely completion of reports, home studies, and assessments.
•Oversee state-mandated resource parent recertification process.
•Oversee ongoing monitoring of certified resource parents’ compliance with state and program regulations.
•Oversee maintenance of certified resource parents’ files in accordance with program/licensing/state/Medicaid requirements.
•Oversee collection of required documents and maintenance of records for prospective and certified resource parents.
Program Support Activities:
•Share responsibility for covering 24/7 placement referral cell phone.
•Coordinate all foster care referrals received via phone, email, fax, or through a staffing meeting.
•Lead staffing of placement referrals with Treatment Foster Care Team members and contact certified resource parents.
•Participate in placement and discharge planning as needed.
•Facilitate the processing of adoption-related activities.
•Stay current on program software and licensing requirements for private foster care provider agencies.
•Serve as liaison to other community agencies and collateral service providers for service planning and coordination.
•Oversee the planning and delivery of monthly resource parent support groups.
•Collaborate with referring agencies to identify appropriate placements for foster children.
Staff Supervision and Development:
•Identify and fulfill staffing needs; work collaboratively with each staff member on talent development process to set professional goals; review and approve timesheets, leave and reimbursement requests; provide ongoing training to enable direct service staff to deliver client services effectively.
•Provide administrative and clinical supervision to Training Team staff.
•Supervise program training staff including conducting regular individual and group staff meetings and therapeutic and reflective case consultation.
•Participate in regular supervision with supervisor and provide regular updates.
Client Service Delivery:
•Conduct SAFE home studies to assess prospective resource families.
•Conduct fee-for-service adoption SAFE home studies.
•Lead a team of trainers in developing initial and subsequent resource parent treatment and service plans based on information gathered from assessments, evaluations, and observation.
•Provide resource parents an array of clinical interventions, including: assessing family functioning and relationship dynamics, counseling in preparation for placement or discharge, delivering child-specific psychoeducation, modeling therapeutic parenting techniques via role playing exercises, and evaluating transfer of learning.
•Provide case management in the absence of direct service staff.
Compliance and Reporting Requirements:
•Prepare narrative and statistical reports for NVFS staff and contract monitors measuring program outcomes and effectiveness.
Qualification and Additional Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.
•Must have one of the following
?Master’s degree in Social Work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education plus three (3) years of experience providing casework/case management services to children and families; OR
?Master’s degree in a related human services field (such as, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, special education, or counseling) with at least four (4) years of experience providing casework/case management services to children and families; OR
?Bachelor’s degree in any field plus five (5) years of experience providing casework/case management services to children and families
•At least two (2) years post-Master’s experience in case management and working with families.
•Oral and written fluency in English required. Additional language skills always welcome.
•Proficiency in use of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet, virtual meeting and learning platforms. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
•Commitment to organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.
•Successful completion of background checks upon hire.
•Must clear Motor Vehicle Record check, have a valid U.S. driver’s license, and have own vehicle to transport clients.
•Must be able to work beyond/outside standard working hours.
At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.
NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.