Placement Social Worker (Coordinator) [2018-13]

Company: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Full Time
Close Date:

Job Description:
GENERAL NATURE OF POSITION: Coordinate placement for all youth in the Refugee Foster Care program including, Long Term Foster Care, Supported Housing (SH), Semi-Independent Living Placements (SILP), and Emancipated Youth Services (EYS).


• Provide a clinical assessment of all placement referrals and placement changes based on current capacity of the program and the program’s ability to meet the youth’s needs; make recommendations to the Consultation Team (Foster Family Administrator (FFA), Clinician, Program Director and Social Work Supervisors) prior to accepting referrals and/or determining placement changes
• Leads and facilitates weekly Placement Meetings, in order to determine the best placement match for new and existing youth in the program
• Provide services to stabilize placements, including, but not limited to individual and family therapy
• Serve as point of contact and pickup for all arriving youth
• Assist FFA to screen foster families appropriate for referral for certification
• Ensure that all required documentation for foster families is current/active and on file
• Maintain timely and accurate documentation regarding Foster Parent contact in Agency database (Awards) as well as physical charts/binders to meet all compliance standards
• Assist the FFA to develop, coordinate and facilitate foster family certification trainings
• Coordinate and facilitate panel interviews as needed for potential foster families
• Coordinate and support the home study process; review each approved home study and summarize recommendations for the clinical and management team
• Conduct home studies to determine the suitability of the potential foster parents and foster care placement and make the determination about their appropriateness for the program
• Initiate, develop and execute a foster parent retention strategy for jeopardized placements with RFC Management team support
• Coordinate and facilitate pre-placement meetings and processes to assure coordinated plan to receive foster youth
• Maintain positive work relationship, timely completion and submission of required reports to referring agencies
• Provide necessary support to ensure smooth transition for arrival
• Process respite requests from foster parents and/or social workers and develop a plan for implementation
• Facilitate placement changes upon request from Social Work Supervisor and after consultation with the Consultation Team; document placement change, and notify all respective parties; track and report on all placement changes
• Track and maintain foster parent capacity list
• Assist Parent Partner in providing clinical support to foster parents
• Assist with all logistical matters regarding placement changes
• Research and conduct housing search for all foster care, AB12, and Supportive Housing youth
• Represent the program in external relation activities
• Assist in coordinating logistics for Family Night events
• Arrange for coverage when absent
• Other duties as assigned

• MSW, MFT, or PCCi
• Training in trauma-informed care
• Excellent cross-cultural experience and ability to work well with a diverse population
• At least 2 years’ experience working with refugees, immigrants or foster youth
• At least 2 years’ experience in a child welfare setting or equivalent
• Excellent oral and written English skills
• Automobile and valid CA driver’s license
• Auto liability coverage according to the agency requirements
• Excellent computers skills: MS Office (all apps)


• Proven track record of recruiting and retaining foster families for a foster family agency
• Experience working with child welfare agencies, immigrants/refugees/asylees, foster care programs, youth and family services (or a combination thereof) is strongly preferred
• Multi-lingual in a language commonly spoken by refugees and immigrants (Arabic, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Burmese, Hindi, Turkish, Farsi, Nepali)

HOURS: Full time. Hours will be based on client and foster family availability. All program staff might be expected to work at least one Tuesday night per month and at least one Saturday per month.

TRAVEL: Bay Area and occasional out-of-state travel required.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.

Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons receiving services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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Job Code: 2018-13

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