Foster Care Specialist
Division CatholicCharitiesWestMichigan
Location Muskegon
Date Posted 10/31/2019
Job Code REQ000038
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Job Details

Would you like to work with a supportive, diverse, and talented work family while helping others in your community? Catholic Charities West Michigan is a sincere place with genuine people who care about your success. The Agency serves 11 counties of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, offering a variety of program services in family preservation, behavioral health, child welfare, and community outreach. All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed.

We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages along with a family friendly environment. Our agency encourages persons of diverse faiths and backgrounds to apply for employment

Position Summary:

This position works within the child welfare arena to find permanency for children residing in foster care. This person will work with children, caregivers, birth parents, the Courts, and DHS to collaborate and create a permanency goal most appropriate for each child.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves a caseload of foster children, their birth families, and their licensed or unlicensed caregivers across Michigan.
  • Completes and submits required Department of Human Services (DHS) reports/documents and court reports within the required time frames.
  • Provides or refers the children and their birth families to services based on a structured assessment of the children and their birth family.
  • Coordinates services with other components of the program, including transportation of clients, resource development, special needs adoption, and other available services.
  • Testifies at court hearings regarding services to the child and their family, and the child’s permanency plans at least quarterly.
  • Complies with policies and procedures of the following:
  • Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing (BCAL).
  • Department of Human Services Child Placing Agency (State Services Manual).
  • PAFC Contract expectations from DHS.
  • Modified Settlement Agreement (MSA).
  • Standards of accreditation for the Agency (COA).
  • CCWM Child Welfare program expectations.
  • Maintains regular collateral contacts with caregivers, extended family, attorneys, therapists, school personnel and other service providers related to the implementation of the service plan.
  • Attends case review meetings, Family Team Meetings (FTM) and case conferences to maximize coordination and continuity of services for the foster children.
  • Participates in the foster care department’s on-call emergency system.
  • Attends supervision, staff, program, trainings, and Agency meetings.
  • Performs other special assignments at supervisor’s request.

Employment qualifications:


This position requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through a Bachelor’sDegree (B.A.) inSocial Work, Sociology, Psychology or a Human Service related area as specified by MSA and BCAL rules.


A minimum ofone to three years of related experiencein the field of Human Service, Child Welfare experience preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

None required, but valid and current State of Michigan Social Work licensure is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have management or supervisory responsibilities of subordinates.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of the Michigan courts or possesses the ability to successfully interact with court personnel and appointed attorneys.
  • Ability to utilize the DHS computer systems and other computer systems required by contract.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written word (English).
  • Must have strong conflict resolution skills and ability to work with difficult individuals.
  • Must have strong engagement skills, coping skills and patience for difficult situations.
  • Must have reliable personal transportation (vehicle), as travel is required to meet Agency needs.
  • Must have current and valid driver’s license and car insurance.
  • Must submit to and pass drug testing, standard criminal background checks and Central Registry Clearance check.
  • Must submit to Agency approved background checks.

Our Mission

In the spirit of our Catholic tradition, we lead our diverse communities with hope and compassion by offering innovative, collaborative programs. Through our team of highly trained employees, dedicated volunteers and generous community, we deliver the highest quality social services.

Our Vision

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we are the leaders in empowering people to achieve their God given potential by providing help and creating hope.

Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Service to All People
  • Sanctity of All Life