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Foster Home Licensor

Company: Catholic Community Services of
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


$52,006.50 - $65,013.00 YR/DOE

The Foster Home Licensor is responsible for the safe placement of children in licensed foster homes on behalf of the organization, to include both respite placements and regular placements. Additionally, the Licensor is responsible for the recruitment, training, licensing, and monitoring of foster homes. Responsible for collecting and maintaining all necessary documentation in a thorough and organized manner in compliance with all federal, state, local and contractual requirements in order to ensure every foster home license is in good standing at all times. The Licensor represents CCS in the community in various ways and is responsible for training of new foster families, support and training of currently licensed foster homes, and acting as a liaison between the agency and other organizations such as DSHS. The Licensor is an integral part of the collaborative team environment of Children's programs.

"+$2 per hour HERO pay for hours worked face-to-face with clients"



Each major responsibility is accompanied by a brief outline of how the objective is accomplished.

Ensures the safe placement of children in licensed foster homes, including both regular and respite foster placements.

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Completing an in depth process of risk analysis in addition to balancing all variables; child's needs, foster family capacity, foster family strengths/current issues, match between child and all children and adults in foster home, nature of the safety plan, etc.
  • Following all CCSWW Placement Protocols.
  • Gathering accurate and up to date information around risks, history, behaviors, etc. prior to making placement decisions.
  • Ensures Placement Checklist is completed and signed by DCFS SW and received by CCS prior to placement.
  • Consulting with the clinical team/case managers regarding appropriate placements, additional clinical information, risk issues and safety planning.
  • Completing a House Plan when more than one child is placed in a home (as needed).
  • Coordinating Safety Plans with the House Plan.
  • Maintaining knowledge of all children in each home at all times
  • Working in tandem with all case managers to ensure all placement protocols are followed.
  • Actively participating in the Foster Care Placement Committee (FCPC).

Training, licensing, and monitoring of foster homes.

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

Visiting prospective foster family homes to assess their readiness and ability to care for one or more children in need of temporary foster care. This involves an ability to make judgments about parenting skills, marital stability, emotional maturity, conflict resolution skills, financial management, and their willingness to cooperate with the child's case plan and social worker(s).

  • Planning and participating in regular pre-service and ongoing foster parent training sessions, both at CCS and with other agencies.
  • Guiding families through the licensing process, including collecting all required documentation, assessing the parents'/family's readiness and ability to provide foster care, and preparing the formal written report (home study) of the process. This task requires thorough knowledge and understanding of WAC in regard to licensing of foster parents.
  • Making annual Health and Safety visits to each licensed home, ensuring their continued compliance with licensing regulations, and noting any need as well as any deficiencies.
  • Working to set up and participate in recruitment opportunities within the communities where CCS wants to develop foster homes.
  • Speaking publicly to both small and large groups about foster care, becoming a licensed foster home, and other related topics.

Provide ongoing training and support for foster parents.

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Planning and participating in continuing education opportunities for foster parents, as well as notifying foster parents of training possibilities in other agencies in the community.
  • Being available for emergency contacts by foster parents via home and office phone numbers &/or pager, and offering other kinds of support to them in times of need.

Act as licensing liaison between Catholic Community Services and other agencies, including the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) and the Division of Licensing Resources (DLR).

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Representing CCS at licensing meetings with other child-placing agencies (CPA) and community organizations.
  • Communicating with CCS staff the information shared at these meetings.
  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues from other CP agencies.

Collect and maintain all records necessary for program operation, review, and evaluation.

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Prepare and maintain all foster files in current and correct order, based on licensing regulations and agency requirements, including CCS quality improvement process.
  • Ensure that database of current licensed foster homes is updated and maintained.
  • Demonstrate ability to organize time in a way that prioritizes work demands and timelines.

Work in a collaborative team environment with Children's Program case managers and supervisors.

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks:

  • Attending and participating in weekly foster care staff meetings.
  • Participate as a consulting team member with case managers for specific children or foster family issues.

Other Duties as Assigned.

  • All employees working at CCS have the responsibility for developing and safekeeping a workplace that values and supports a diverse work environment. Employees' treatment of each other, their willingness to try new approaches and ideas are all things that contribute greatly to the organization's success in providing an open, culturally enriched and diverse workplace.


Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. in Social Work or related field and two years of relevant experience.
  • Agency Affiliated License (HIV/AIDS training required) or obtained within 1st month of employment
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment (including DSHS & Washington State Patrol).
  • Knowledge of family systems approach, with capacity to make appropriate assessments in regard to placement of children in foster homes.
  • Be able to function well within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Must have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license, automobile insurance. Must have acceptable driving record per CCS policy (driving abstract required).
  • Proof of negative TB test upon hire or proof of test within past 12 months.
  • Be committed to developing and safekeeping a workplace which values and supports a culturally diverse environment.
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services
  • Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Foster Home licensing experience.
  • Training and experience in public speaking and teaching.
  • Knowledge of Washington State child welfare regulations and procedures.
  • Bilingual (Spanish speaker preferred): International Foster Care(IFC) Licensor applicants only.

Keywords: Catholic Community Services of, Tacoma , Foster Home Licensor, Other , Tacoma, Washington

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