Foster Care- Program Development and Support Specialist (1 Year Contract)
Banyan Community Services - Hamilton, ON

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POSITON RESPONSIBILITIES (Note: 32 hours per week)

Develop and grow Foster Care Program; recruiting Foster Care Parents, adhering to licensing requirements, assist with application process and training of new Foster Parents
 Ensure proper intake of young people from CAS/CCAS/FACS to the program
 Develop a positive, supportive relationship with foster parents and youth
 Provide direct service in supporting the foster parents and youth in behavioural planning, crisis intervention and treatment
strategies
 Assess, understand and plan for the youths emotional, physical and educational needs
 Work in conjunction with the Foster Parents, Program Coordinator, Banyan Clinical Services and other service providers to
implement and evaluate individual & group therapeutic programs ensuring individual development of each youth’s ability
 Attend meetings and conferences when required to provide advocacy for the best interests of each young person a
supportive, safe and predictable environment through established routines and limits
 Plan, organize and conduct recreational outings and assist the young people in the pursuit of pro-social leisure pursuits
 Complete written reports and assessments when required
 Participate in core training and staff development
 Participate in Foster parent meetings, staff meetings, clinical meetings
 Participate in regular supervision and annual performance review and goal setting

QUALIFICATIONS

 Degree and/or diploma in the Human Services and/or equivalency based on training and experience.
 Minimum of 2 –3 years experience providing direct service to youth and families in a Foster Care setting.
 Experience with developing a Foster Care Program as affiliated with CAS
 Demonstrated advanced understanding and ability to implement therapeutic programs.
 Experience working with young people with emotional, psychiatric and behavioural difficulties within the context of a
therapeutic program.
 Advanced Child Management, clinical, crisis intervention, communication and listening skills
 Demonstrated Skill in the areas of family intervention and family work
 Excellent report writing ability
 Demonstrated strong interpersonal, conflict resolution skills, ability to work within a team
 Ability to work independently, be self-motivated and self-directed
 Familiarity with Child Welfare Services, and protocols
 PMAB, CPR, First Aid
 Class G driver's licence and business insurance which will allow them to transport youth
 Ability to work well with and make referrals to community agencies and service partners
 Demonstrate administrative and word processing skills.
 Ability to work within a clinical model, case management, role-play and group debriefing.
 Ability to communicate with young people, foster parents, parents and CAS
 Ability to establish consistent and sound practises relating to research and evaluation
 Understanding and working knowledge of the Child and Family Services Act and/or relevant legislation
 High level of flexibility and ability to be available evenings and weekends
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
PLEASE FORWARD APPLICATION LETTER AND RESUME TO:
Maria Beltrame, Manager of Human Resources
681 Main Street East
Hamilton, ON L8M 1K3
(905) 549-9011 (fax)


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