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Family & Youth Specialist - Now Hiring 


Responsible for the case management functions of a caseload of foster youth and respective foster homes in our South Bend division.

This will be accomplished through the following:

  • Review referrals of youth to determine if and where the placement may occur. Communicate with the foster parent/s to discuss the potential placement of the referral, working in conjunction with the intake process used by the state and division.
  • Coordinate home visits for the youth with all appropriate parties. Discuss all relevant issues pertaining to the youth in care with foster parent/s, youth, school officials, natural parents, placing agency and other appropriate parties involved with the youth according to policy, regulations and best practice standards. Complete inventories of property for each youth and ensure foster parents are updating inventories.
  • Attend hearings and semi-annual review for all youth assigned to caseload. Assist with enrolling youth in school and attends Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings. Assure that health care needs of youth are being realized including medical, dental, vision and hearing as well as special needs. Provide after care for 90 days or as required by contract.
  • Complete assessments as required by state rules, agency policies, and/or contract requirements. Assessments may include psychosocial assessments, Diagnostic Assessment Forms, and independent living skills assessments.
  • Prepare Individualized Treatment Plan (IAP, ISP etc.), DAF's, and Mental Health Individualized Services Plans according to established time frames involving all appropriate parties as required by policy and regulations of the state.
  • Timely document outcome of home visits, support sessions, interaction with parties involved in the youth's care and incidents as required by policy, regulations and contract requirements. Prepare and submit timely all required company, RFP, program, referral agency and regulatory reports, PARS, progress notes, and billing tickets. Compile profile using pre and post assessment tools for outcome measures. Report census information to DOM/finance department for billing and foster parent payroll as indicated.
  • Maintain contact with referral agency caseworker using discharge reports, Diagnostic Assessment forms, telephone calls, and incident reports in addition to regularly scheduled and required written reports.
  • Review all youth and foster home files pertaining to caseload as part of the quality improvement process.
Position Requirements

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of social work, counseling, psychology, sociology, child & family studies, or other approved related field of human services

Experience Requirements:

  • Two years of relevant experience is required with above listed degrees, and experience in child welfare preferred. Five years of relevant experience required with related field of human service degrees.

Skill Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills to prioritize workload
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Demonstrated skill of writing treatment plans, case notes, etc.
  • Operate a computer in regards to Microsoft Office and agency database system
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Indiana - South Bend  
About the Organization Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is a national nonprofit organization providing an Integrated System of Care for families and their children. Building upon our reputation as a leader in quality therapeutic foster care services, we are recognized as an innovative, high-performing organization known for our clinical expertise, leadership, and ability to produce positive, sustainable change in the lives of those we serve. Our family systems approach combined with trauma-informed behavioral health interventions increase the health and well-being of more than 12,000 families and children each year.

SAFY's Integrated System of Care focuses on family preservation and reunification, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, behavioral health services, and older youth services; utilizing evidence-based or evidence-informed practices in our delivery of impactful program and service solutions.  

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