The Home Study Specialist is responsible for completing Foster Care home studies for the purpose of recommending approval or re-approval for prospective or current foster, respite or adoptive families. The home study specialist assesses, evaluates and helps to train potential and current foster and/or adoptive families. The person in this position may recommend additional counseling or training for the family as part of the home development process. This is a contract position for Devereux Specialty Foster Care.
Core Responsibilities and Expectations:
Determines suitability of prospective and current foster care / adoptive home families. This includes preparation of comprehensive psycho-social home study, interviewing of foster / adoptive parent applicants to evaluate the family’s motivation, functioning and dynamics, and collecting and interpreting collateral information. Assessment is completed according to agency standards for foster or adoptive parent competencies.
Assures compliance of foster / adoptive home providers with program policies and state licensing or certification requirements. Seeks clarification from their manager in areas of uncertainty.
Provides an awareness of potentially serious problems which may arise in the foster / adoptive care homes and alerts management of such concerns, especially those which may have legal risk or safety ramifications.
This position is expected to use computers in the performance of writing and producing foster and adoptive home studies. Additionally, all home study paperwork is uploaded and managed in the agency case management online system. Ensures accuracy of all records, reports and documentation and maintains organized files. Completes documentation accurately, thoroughly and timely in compliance with program standards and regulations.
Abides by all agency policies and procedures, core values, and culture of Servant Leadership.
Maintains confidentiality of client’s and agency information.
Supports a goal that has children and families best interest at all times and is an active advocate for children and families. Understands and supports family systems.
Maintains sensitivity to issues of race, religion, culture, ethnicity and other issues of diversity.
Maintains timely communication with others and is able to effectively meet deadlines.
Treats clients, staff, foster parents and external contacts with respect and dignity.
Displays strong decision making skills.
Displays effective, clear, concise writing skills.
Completes all required training- Mandatory 2 week orientation on our campus in Kennesaw, GA.
Completes other duties as assigned and maintains annual training requirements.
This position may require work on nights and weekends.
Education and Experience: This is a contract based position. The Home Study Assessor is responsible for conducting home visits for completion of initial and annual re-evaluations of foster homes for approvals. Incumbent is required to abide by GA state regulatory standards; as well as Devereux policies and procedures. Must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in related field, minimum of 2 years of experience writing home studies. GA SAFE certification required. Additionally, IMPACT certification strongly preferred. Ability to work independently and/or with limited supervision a must.
Job Type: Contract (ongoing based on census)
conducting home studies: 2 years (Required)
Job Type: Contract
- Home Assessment: 2 years (Required)
- Have you completed the GA SAFE certification?