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Therapeutic Family Specialist


This is a Contract position in Lexington, KY posted May 7, 2022.

About the Role As a Therapeutic Family Specialist you will be responsible for the recruitment and licensing process of therapeutic foster parents.

You will be responsible for the coordination and provision of services to foster children placed in approved and licensed therapeutic foster homes, and provide the development and provision of services to lower level of care as well as prepare child/teen for permanency.

What You’ll DoAs a member of our team you will have an impact on our clients through accomplishment of the following responsibilities: Participate as a member of the Foster Care team to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of foster children during the time they are placed in a Buckner foster home, as outlined in each client’s plan of service.

Provide ongoing case management for clients living in Buckner therapeutic foster homes in accordance with established Buckner guidelines and procedures.

Participate in regular supervision and support with the client and therapeutic foster parents during frequent home visits, office visits, and telephone contact as is required by state licensing and Buckner policy and procedure.

Coordinate individual, family and/or support group counseling to foster care clients and/or therapeutic foster parents.

Timely complete accurate and thorough documentation for case files in accordance with Buckner guidelines and procedures in order to meet minimum standards requirements.

Complete all necessary admission and assessment paperwork; plan and complete discharge paperwork.

Develop, monitor, and review with clients their Plan of Service designed to increase strengths, address needs, and reduce conflict in the home.

Coordination must also occur with the Multi Dimensional treatment team (attorneys, CASA, therapist, psychiatrist, CPS, etc.) Coordinate counseling and crisis intervention support as required.

Coordinate and implement the recruitment of therapeutic foster parents for the Foster Care program through church engagement and community presentations.

Provide education to the community about the resources that are needed for the foster care population, specifically for children that are considered “harder to place” that have higher levels of care.

The information that is presented is through statistics provided by DFPS, but also through needs assessments at the local level.

Consult with CPS on appropriate referrals to Buckner for therapeutic foster children as well as how Buckner can provide support to therapeutic foster parents to prepare the foster child for permanency.

Conduct investigations on therapeutic foster parents regarding any complaints about licensing or Buckner policy deficiencies; identify issues and assist the therapeutic foster parents in developing corrective action plans; and make recommendations for licensing enforcement when appropriate.

Participate in the screening and licensing of potential therapeutic foster parents as a member of the team.

Complete home studies for potential therapeutic foster parents as a part of the licensing process.

Timely and accurately complete the required licensing, assessment, and support processes to ensure that families meet Licensing Standards and are appropriately prepared to care for children; make recommendations for utilization; amend individual licenses relative to caps, city, age ranges, etc.

and renew licenses at required intervals.

Maintain a supportive relationship with foster care & therapeutic resources, which includes identifying and implementing on-going training and support needs; assisting in obtaining such services along with other team members; coordinating, with assistance from other team members; providing support and strengthening Department relationships with therapeutic foster parents; monitoring licensed therapeutic foster homes as required to ensure the home is in compliance with Licensing Standards and assisting families in resolving compliance issues.

Participate in facilitating training for therapeutic foster parents to provide them with pre-service and continuing education.

Participate in ongoing education regarding the assessment, treatment and risk management of clients with high level of care needs.

Participate in making presentations to the general public when scheduled.

Attend and participate in in-service training, including SAMA, CPR/First Aid, Medications and other clinical related training as required.

Attend and participate in Buckner activities for foster parents and foster children.

Provide / maintain reports, statistics, records and documentation of activities on a monthly basis or as required.

This also includes completing audits for continuous quality improvement activities.

Utilize excellent public speaking skills to successfully communicate with a multi-ethnic population base in the community.

Communicate with program staff to assess client’s progress and needs.

Communicate with TDFPS (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services) and other placement agencies by telephone; meet with placement agency caseworkers to discuss client needs.

Report suspected child abuse/neglect to Administrator and appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Attend and participate in Permanency Conferences, Family Group Conferences, Circles of Support meetings and court hearings as needed.

Consult with supervisor on specific needs of clients.

Timely and accurately prepare progress reports for placement agency caseworkers as requested.

Maintain compliance with all Buckner policies, procedures and requirements.

Maintain compliance with all state and federal laws and regulatory requirements.

Work successfully as part of a team and responsible for developing then maintaining strong working relationships with co-workers.

Serve on call on weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.

Participate in 24 hour on call duties on a rotating basis.

Work evenings as needed.

Attend and participate in staff meetings and training as required.

Perform general office tasks as required.

What You’ll Bring to the TeamTo be successful in this role and a great addition to our team we need you to come with the following: Requires in-depth understanding of a comprehensive field of knowledge normally associated with the attainment of a master’s degree in a human services field.

Minimum 2 years prior related experience with therapeutic care required.

Requires a professional license that would allow for Medicaid billing.

Counseling and/or social work licensure is preferred.

Requires proficient ability to speak, read and write English.

Requires knowledge and understanding of the legalities of child welfare and children in foster care.

Requires the ability to demonstrate prudent judgment in the placement, treatment, and risk management associated with caring for children with high risk needs.

Requires excellent public speaking skills and the ability to successfully and effectively communicate in a professional manner with a multi-ethnic population base in the community; ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Requires ability to speak clearly and make self understood effectively in fact to face interactions; articulate with accuracy to speak on the phone.

Requires ability to hear and receive verbal instructions, answer phones, communicate with people in situations with some background noise.

Requires ability to maintain confidentiality.

Requires ability to effectively work under pressure and remain flexible as priorities change.

Requires ability to work under minimal supervision with awareness that error may have serious consequences; requires ability to exercise patience, initiative, and sound professional judgment.

Requires ability to work nights and weekends as required to meet business needs and provide services to clients.

Requires ability to understand and relate to the theories behind several related concepts; ability to remember verbal and written tasks/assignments from a few hours to long periods of time (months).

Requires proficient working knowledge and ability to accurately and timely operate and perform computer related tasks with specific equipment and software applications, including, but not limited to, word processing, spread sheets, desktop publishing and graphics.

Requires professional commitment to Christian principles and teachings so as to perform tasks and responsibilities in alignment with Buckner’s mission, vision and values.

Requires leadership ability characterized by servant leadership, integrity and honesty.

Must possess the ability to lead through influence as opposed to authority.

Requires ability to provide personal transportation for home visits and other necessary travel to provide services to clients.

Requires ability to drive assigned vehicle(s) or personal vehicle, with appropriate state license, following all laws applicable; must provide proof of liability insurance and must be eligible to be insured under Buckner’s insurance policy.

Must be age 21 or older to drive on behalf of Buckner.

Requires ability to travel as required with some overnight stays required; ability to be on call as assigned.

Requires ability to use up to 50 pounds of force sporadically, and/or up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects and/or people.

Work deals mostly with areas such as preparing and reading data and figures, client records, reports, visual inspection involving small details.

Although important, depth perception and field of vision (peripheral) are not as critical as the ability to distinguish small details and markings very near to the observer Requires ability to walk, stand and sit, sometimes for prolonged periods of time; ability to grasp, push, pull, carry or otherwise manipulate objects; occasionally required to squat, climb stairs, kneel and twist.

Requires sufficient good health to properly discharge duties.

Employees shall not be permitted to work who have infectious disease or skin lesion for the duration of the communicability.

Preferred QualificationsIn addition to the amazing qualifications and experiences listed above, if we had our say, we would also look for: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred.

Proficient ability to speak, read and write Spanish preferred, not required.

Job PerksAt Buckner one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks: Medical and Dental benefits for employees and their eligible dependents; Life insurance; Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits; Paid Time Off and Holidays; Paid Parental Leave; Retirement Savings Plan; and The 5Star Fun Benefit: encourages employees to spread good cheer to their co-workers and others, creating a happy, healthy environment for all The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants
– with respect.

Buckner is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law).

You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Buckner.