• Social Work - Foster Care Licensing Worker

    Location US-MI-East Lansing
    Job ID
    Social Work/Counseling
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Includes availability for emergencies and special needs. Some nights, weekends and holidays
  • Overview

    Complete home studies to determine families’ suitability to meet the needs of children in out-of-home care.  Conduct rigorous background checks, home inspections and psycho-social assessments; Orient and train prospective foster families to the application, home study and placement process.  Responsibilities could include making placement matches and coordinating the placement process.  Monitor up to 30 licensed foster homes or enrolled families; Complete investigations to ensure foster families’ compliance with licensing rules, agency and state policies, and state law.


    • Complete thorough and accurate assessments of applicants and/or licensed foster families per established time frames
    • Complete special evaluations of licensed foster homes and develop thorough, accurate recommendations and corrective action plans, as applicable
    • Create and implement effective plans to recruit and/or retain foster families, including recruitment presentations, recruitment materials, newsletters, special events, awards, gifts of appreciation, and support groups
    • Schedule, prepare for, and provide pre-service training for prospective foster parents frequently and at times convenient for families, as well as consistent, ongoing training for licensed foster parents
    • Provide orientation for prospective foster families, ensuring great customer service to facilitate the application process, scheduling times convenient for families
    • Obtain referrals and thorough intake information, and assist in making placements in compliance with rules and policy
    • Participate in or facilitate inter-agency or intra-agency meetings
    • Complete data entry into all data management systems as required, as well as keep paper files accurate, complete, and in compliance with policy, rules, and state law


    • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related human service field
    • Experience working with children and families
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
    • Access to a personal vehicle with liability insurance for work use at all times
    • Maintain a personal cell phone for client contact (partially reimbursed through agency stipend)

    **Keywords:  Wellspring Lutheran Services, Children & Families, Foster Care, Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, In Home, Bath, Charlotte, Delta, DeWitt, Dimondale, Bellevue, Dimondale, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Olivet, Potterville, St. Johns, Watertown, Webberville, Williamston**





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