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The New York Foundling Facilitator - FFT (Manhattan| 35hrs/wk | Full Time) in New York, New York

Description

The Facilitator is responsible for conducting all Family Team Conferences for the families in Foster Care and Preventive programs; Experience and demonstrated excellence in providing services to families in the Child Welfare System; must work flexible schedule to meet needs of families and social workers.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Engage with birth parents, foster parents and foster youth as well as case planning staff, advocates and other using motivational interviewing techniques and assess for safety and risk factors for children currently in care and in planning for permanency.

  • Implement conference facilitation model with ACS single protocol across the child welfare continuum with the goals of ensuring the shared lens of safety, permanency, well-being, stability, and equity are consistency aligned.

  • Interface with all stakeholders encouraging attendance at family conferences, building collaborative relationships with case planners and service providers

  • Utilize crisis intervention skills to de-escalate conflicts in a trauma-informed approach.

  • Focus on developing a consensus driven action plan with participants.

  • Incorporate safety, reinforce healthy child–parent relationships.

  • Develop plan to address needs of all parties.

  • Promote family friendly behavior to attendees.

  • Engage conference participants to assure that all are heard during conference.

  • Establish rules and explain meeting purpose.

  • Lead discussion of caseworker’s recommendations and help develop additional ideas.

  • Keep group on task.

  • Guide group toward common ground.

  • Focus group on identifying and building family strengths.

  • Develop plan to ensure child safety.

  • Encourage attendees to speak honestly and openly about challenges and needs

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Using Excel, Outlook, Evolv and Teams, schedule all family team conferences with case planners and send alerts to others with a role in the case.

  • Schedule family conferences via invite and/or notice letters; Send out electronic and paper invitations to all participants and document the invitation in Connections.

  • Maintain access to Connections and Evolv and document the Service Plan Review within the time frame as required by New York state, city and Foundling’s compliance guidelines. Provide copies of the plan to all conference attendees at the end of each conference.

  • Maintain an organized calendar in Outlook that includes all initial and re-scheduled conference.

  • Attend team meetings, individual and group coaching sessions.

  • Provide written report to all conference attendees.

  • Maintain Tracking System of Goals and Outcomes

  • Stay up to date with required trainings by ACS or Foundling

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct 2-3 conferences daily (Preventive Planning Conferences, FASP Conferences, Service Termination Conferences, KinGAP Conferences, Blended Conferences, Goal Change Conferences); They may be held at the regional offices and other locations when needed in order to best serve the family needs – including video conferencing.

  • Collaborate with ACS by attending FTC regional debriefing meetings and site visits, as well as NYF regional meetings

  • Alert management team when a safety concern is raised at an FTC immediately

    Organizational expectations

The Facilitator is responsible for conducting all Family Team Conferences for the families in Foster Care and Preventive programs; Experience and demonstrated excellence in providing services to families in the Child Welfare System; must work flexible schedule to meet needs of families and social workers.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Engage with birth parents, foster parents and foster youth as well as case planning staff, advocates and other using motivational interviewing techniques and assess for safety and risk factors for children currently in care and in planning for permanency.

  • Implement conference facilitation model with ACS single protocol across the child welfare continuum with the goals of ensuring the shared lens of safety, permanency, well-being, stability, and equity are consistency aligned.

  • Interface with all stakeholders encouraging attendance at family conferences, building collaborative relationships with case planners and service providers

  • Utilize crisis intervention skills to de-escalate conflicts in a trauma-informed approach.

  • Focus on developing a consensus driven action plan with participants.

  • Incorporate safety, reinforce healthy child–parent relationships.

  • Develop plan to address needs of all parties.

  • Promote family friendly behavior to attendees.

  • Engage conference participants to assure that all are heard during conference.

  • Establish rules and explain meeting purpose.

  • Lead discussion of caseworker’s recommendations and help develop additional ideas.

  • Keep group on task.

  • Guide group toward common ground.

  • Focus group on identifying and building family strengths.

  • Develop plan to ensure child safety.

  • Encourage attendees to speak honestly and openly about challenges and needs

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Using Excel, Outlook, Evolv and Teams, schedule all family team conferences with case planners and send alerts to others with a role in the case.

  • Schedule family conferences via invite and/or notice letters; Send out electronic and paper invitations to all participants and document the invitation in Connections.

  • Maintain access to Connections and Evolv and document the Service Plan Review within the time frame as required by New York state, city and Foundling’s compliance guidelines. Provide copies of the plan to all conference attendees at the end of each conference.

  • Maintain an organized calendar in Outlook that includes all initial and re-scheduled conference.

  • Attend team meetings, individual and group coaching sessions.

  • Provide written report to all conference attendees.

  • Maintain Tracking System of Goals and Outcomes

  • Stay up to date with required trainings by ACS or Foundling

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct 2-3 conferences daily (Preventive Planning Conferences, FASP Conferences, Service Termination Conferences, KinGAP Conferences, Blended Conferences, Goal Change Conferences); They may be held at the regional offices and other locations when needed in order to best serve the family needs – including video conferencing.

  • Collaborate with ACS by attending FTC regional debriefing meetings and site visits, as well as NYF regional meetings

  • Alert management team when a safety concern is raised at an FTC immediately

    Organizational expectations

  • Regular and punctual time and attendance, and adherence to The Foundling’s and your department’s specific time and attendance policies and protocol.

  • Consistent demonstrated commitment to The Foundling’s BHAG, mission, vision and values (Compassion, Dignity, Family and Community, Diversity, Excellence).

  • Adherence to The Foundling’s employee policies, Code of Conduct and applicable rules, laws, regulations or bargaining agreements.

  • Appropriate engagement with support departments to ensure appropriate and timely hiring, performance management, investigation, discipline, suspension, and restructuring decisions concerning direct reports. Regular supervision and performance evaluation of direct reports.

  • Any other duties and/or tasks that may be assigned.

    Requirements:

  • BA/MA in Psychology, Sociology or related field. BSW or MSW with extensive welfare experience preferred.

Other Requirements/Preferences:

  • Minimum three years’ experience with child welfare casework and system in New York City.

  • Minimum three years’ experience working with birth families and foster parents.

  • Willing to work some evenings and/or weekends.

  • Familiarity/knowledge of community and its resources.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred; Fluency in other languages a plus.

  • There are times conference might be held “out of office, home, hospital, etc.

Qualifications

Skills

Preferred

  • Spanish: Expert

Education

Required

  • Bachelor's Level Degree or better in Sociology

  • Bachelor's Level Degree or better in Psychology

  • Bachelor's Level Degree or better in Social Work

Experience

Preferred

  • 3 years: experience working with birth families and foster parents.

  • 3 years: experience with child welfare casework and system in New York City.

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