Foster Adoption Specialist
ResCare | Casa Grande, AZ 85122 (map it!Map it!) | 8/24/2014

Job Summary

Foster Adoption Specialists are responsible for providing support and case management to resource families including assisting all licensing requirements to become foster and adopting families.  Foster Adoption 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 Adoption Specialists aqre 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 Adoption Specialists are responsible for developing a Professional Development Plan for each resource parent to ensure training and support for each family.  Foster Adoption Specialists also coordinate respite services for each resource family and will assist each family in accessing behavioral health services.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • 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 locensed 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 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 and professional manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree from a university or college and have training and/or experience in the field of behavioral science.
  • Valid driver's license from state of residence with a satisfactory driving record as defined by ResCare's vehicle policy and/or liability insurance carrier.
  • Must have reliable, clean transportation (vehicle must be able to carry a minimum of three passengers) which has working air conditioning and valid insurance.
  • Must pass background checks and fingerprint clearance card. 
  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR certification prior to hire.
  • 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, including Word, Excel, e-mail, and other usual and customary office programs.
  • Must meet all agency requirements for pre-employment as required by ResCare and/or state regulations.
  • Extensive travel.  Evening and weekend work hours may be required.


Employment Type: Full-Time
Base Pay: N/A
Other Pay: N/A
Industry: Healthcare - Health Services
Education: Not Specified
Experience: Not Specified
Manages Others: Not Specified
Relocation: Not Specified
Required Travel: Not Specified
Job ID: 53999636856-710694353
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