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Professional Foster Parent (Family Foster Care)

Company: Florida United Methodist Children's Home
Location: Deltona
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

The primary role of the Family Foster Care Parent at the Florida United Methodist Childrens Home is to provide 24-hour nurturing care of foster children in a home setting. The Foster Parent will be responsible for meeting all childrens needs, including but not limited to, physical, mental, medical, and educational needs. This position will be supervised by the Foster Care Licensing Supervisor (Family Foster Care). The position is located on the Florida United Methodist Childrens Home main campus in Enterprise, FL and primarily serves children in Volusia and Flagler Counties. The position may also serve children from surrounding counties.


* High School Diploma or the equivalent, preferred
* Experience serving children from the Foster Care community preferred
* Extensive experience caring for children and providing nurturing care
* Child Welfare Pre-service curriculum completion required


* Ability to train/teach children
* Maintain flexible hours, which will include evenings, overnights, and weekends
* Specialized knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to maintain a high-quality foster home
* Excellent communication skills
* Ability to partner with Case Managers, birth families, Licensing Counselors, and community partners
* Excellent organizational skills
* Sensitivity to the service populations cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.


* Valid Florida Drivers License


* Manage paperwork/documentation associated with licensing, re-licensing and contract compliance
* Provide 24-hour care of foster children with various diagnoses such as Reactive attachment disorder, Attention-deficit disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Bipolar, Conduct Disorder, Developmental Delays, and other emotional needs.
* Maintain clean living quarters and keep home in compliance in accordance with State Licensing Regulations
* Provide daily care of children
* Transport children to all appointments and extra circular activities
* Provide food, shelter, clothing (adequate, clean, and in good repair), personal care, and hygiene
* Act as an educational advocate for children in care
* Works with teachers and their administration to develop an effective educational plan
* Attend to health care needs, ensuring regular medical, psychiatric, dental, hearing, and vision exams are completed as needed.
* Attend all therapies (physical, occupational, speech, etc.) and implement therapy strategies recommended
* Coordinate with Case Managers, Licensing Counselor, GAL, and others involved in the case to ensure that all physical and emotional needs of a child are met
* Maintain records for childs time in foster care, including medical/dental records, daily medication dosage records, developmental milestones, educational documentation, etc.
* Encourage and reinforce appropriate behaviors through trauma-informed care using trust-based behavior management techniques
* Respond quickly and appropriately in emotional/behavioral crisis situations using the least restrictive intervention necessary to maintain the safety of the child and others.
* Attend court hearings and foster care review boards to ensure successful, clear communication of essential information
* Provide training and mentoring in life skills as teens approach adulthood
* Partnering with birth families to reunited children and model positive parenting techniques
* Problem solve crisis situations with foster children in an efficient and effective manner
* Sound decision making and judgment
* Request appropriate interventions and referrals to avoid placement disruptions
* Complete a minimum of 8 hours or specialized training annually (re-licensure)
* Identify and respond to the training, education, and ongoing support needs to stabilize children in placement
* Partner with Licensing Counselor to license and re-license foster homes based on state requirements and COA standards
* Complete a prospective foster parent orientation session


* Assist in coordinating services and events (extra circular activities) for foster children.
* Complete on-going in-service training based on state requirements and COA standards
* Complete and submit foster child inventory log during initial placement
* Provide input during child placements to assure the most appropriate and successful matches
* Dispense and track medications
* Submit children medication logs monthly to the assigned designee
* Remain in good physical and mental health
* This position requires nontraditional working hours, applicants are responsible for caring for the children as if they were their own


This job has no staff supervisory responsibilities

The Florida United Methodist Children's Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation/gender identity, place of national origin, and other categories protected by law are not factors in employment, promotion, compensation, or working conditions.

Keywords: Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Deltona , Professional Foster Parent (Family Foster Care), Other , Deltona, Florida

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