Full-time (40 hours/week) position under the general direction of the Permanency Program Division Director. Responsible for conducting home studies on prospective foster parents as well as matched home studies for prospective adoptive parents. Responsible for providing consultation to parents and professionals during the matching process while adhering to county and state licensing requirements
Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Conducts studies, including home visits, on prospective foster and adoptive families to access their potential suitability as foster or adoptive parents.
Adheres to the SAFE fost/adopt home study requirements.
Provides support services to prospective foster families, including home visits, consultation and referrals of community services.
Participates in pre-placement meetings with DCFS and perspective fost/adopt families.
Participates as a treatment team member in agency case review meetings associated with the home study process
Establishes and maintains rapport and effective working relationships with child(ren) and families and works effectively within the agency and social work community at large.
Maintains knowledge of program standards and policies as developed by Five Acres, Community Care Licensing and other governing bodies; develops personal and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, benchmarking state of the art practices and participating in in service programs.
Monitors prospective foster parents’ activities to ensure compliance with all program standards and policies.
Prepares, maintains and submits all assigned documentation and reports in a timely manner.
Trains, reviews, corrects and signs as a LCSW all home studies conducted by non-licensed home study specialists for Five Acres.
Position requirements include, but not limited to:
MSW required, ASW or LCSW preferred.
Prior training in the SAFE HOME study process required
Understanding of DCFS and the foster care system required
Availability and willingness to work varied hours, evenings and weekends
Bilingual English and Spanish highly preferred
Prior work experience in a Foster Family Agency (FFA) program preferred
Understanding of adoption preferred
Prior knowledge of CCL Title 22 Regulations preferred
Must have computer skills sufficient to meet the documentation needs of the job, including strong MS Office and MS Excel
Must possess effective written and verbal communication skills
Strong assessment and documentation skills
Must be able to work both independently and within a team environment. Must enjoy the “collaborative process”
Must be organized, flexible and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
We recently celebrated a remarkable birthday for Five Acres – 129 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown LA as an orphanage, our initial mission was simply to provide safety to children who had no home. In time, our mission expanded to also focus on the well-being of our clients and caring for the ment...al and emotional health of children who were increasingly coming to us as a result of abuse or neglect. Having grown to an agency caring for nearly 8,500 children and family members annually across five counties, we now strive for permanency – a permanent, loving home – for all those in our care.These three pillars; safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and they will guide our steps in the future as we continue seeking even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. For over 129 years Five Acres has been committed to preserving successful childcare programs and developing innovative services for children and families in crisis. With over 100,000 clients served since its founding in 1888, Five Acres currently cares for 8,500 children and families annually, across five counties including Los Angeles.