Company: PARTNERSHIP FOR STRONG FAMILIES INC
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Headquarters - Gainesville, FL
4 Year Degree
$19.23 - $20.67 Hourly
Up to 25%
Job Summary : As the initial point of contact with Partnership For
Strong Families Inc., the Placement Specialist is responsible for
assessment and coordination of placement of children in need of
licensed out-of-home care under the supervision of Partnership for
Strong Families Inc. and/or Department of Children and Families.
The Placement Specialist will report directly to the Placement
The position may involve acquiring, accessing, using and
safeguarding Protected Health Information according to applicable
law and agency Policies and Procedures for Protected Health
Mission: To enhance the community's ability to protect and nurture
children by building, maintaining and constantly improving a
network of family support services.
Vision: To be a recognized leader in protecting children and
strengthening families through innovative evidenced-based practices
and highly effective, engaged employees and community partners.
Core Principle : To provide a safe environment for all
Competency : Ability to be proactive, decisive and employ crisis
intervention principles appropriately.
Core Functions: Ensure children receive timely, accurate and
complete assessments so they can be matched and maintained in the
most appropriate setting (foster care, residential, medical, and
acute care behavioral settings).
Accept and process all placement intake calls and messages.
Authorize all placement request.
Coordinate with the case management agencies, Department of
Children and Families, and other providers to ensure children
receive accurate and complete placement assessments.
Assist the Protective Investigator and Case Manager with the
placement of children into foster homes, residential and acute care
Communicate, counsel, and deescalate placement crisis calls from
partner parents and group homes, including coordinating team
meetings, respite, and resolving partner parent/group home payment
issues with PSF Finance.
Process and submit timely over capacity waiver reports.
Work cooperatively with caregivers, PSF clients, other providers,
and/or case management agencies to stabilize all placements.
Assume on call responsibilities as assigned to effectively meet
placement needs after normal program hours, including weekends and
Core Principle : To individualize services to meet the needs of
children and families.
Competency : Commitment to using a strength-based, child-centered,
family-focused practice with the ability to identify strengths and
needs and engage the family in a strength-based assessment
Core Function : Placement Integration and Stabilization
Conduct, coordinate, and participate in team meetings, client care
and utilization reviews, multi-disciplinary staffing, and placement
stability team meetings as appropriate.
Act as liaison between partner parents, case management agencies
and Department of Children and Families staff to ensure appropriate
placements are maintained.
Collaborate with Child Legal Services, Providers, PSF employees,
and case management agencies to provide appropriate services to
children and families.
Core Principle : To recognize that more can be done with
communities and families as partners.
Competency : Identifies and understands what resources are
available, and builds and maintains effective working relationships
with a network of systems.
Core Functions: System Network and Advocacy
Ensure positive and timely communication with caregivers, case
management agencies, and other providers.
Work cooperatively with foster home Recruitment and Retention and
Licensing staff to support partner parents, identify additional
placement capacity needs, and resolve foster home issues and
Collaborate with partner parents and other placement providers to
ensure trauma informed and appropriate transition of children.
Participate in community outreach as needed, such as partner parent
and group home visits, P.R.I.D.E panel presentation, and partner
parent appreciation functions.
Provide placement coverage when a Placement Specialist is out of
Core Principle : To respect the diversity of all children and
families in the community.
Competency : Ability to lead and model diversity. Respect for each
person's dignity, individuality, and right to
Core Functions: Awareness of social, economic, cultural and
environmental factors in the resolution of family and personal
Display understanding of, and sensitivity to, service population's
cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
Demonstrate problem solving and teamwork.
Core Principle : To commit to accountability using outcomes to
measure performance and improve practice.
Competency : Commitment to ensuring accountability and a
Core Functions : Continuous Quality Improvement
Ensure timely and accurate data entry of all placements, yellow
flags, and enhance rates into the PSF data system.
Complete over capacity waivers including medical, physical, and/or
mental health needs of the child and ensure appropriate support
services are considered prior to recommendation to review and
Evaluate separated siblings, placements outside of home County, and
group home data to formulate a plan to keep siblings together,
maintain a child in their home county in the least restrictive
placement, and to minimize the number of movements a child has
while in care.
Gather and evaluate documents and information prior to
recommendation to review and approve in initial contract and
services agreement activities with potential placement
Participate in the quality improvement process.
The list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive.
Partnership for Strong Families Inc. reserves the right to revise
this job description as needed to comply with actual job
Minimum Qualifications :
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with
major coursework in human services or related field.
Two (2) years' experience in child welfare, behavioral health, or
Possess a valid Florida driver's license; maintain an acceptable
driving record, and accessibility of reliable transportation.
Certification as a Child Protection Professional or CPP
Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major
coursework in Human Services or related field.
Parent Resources for Information Development and Education
Experience or knowledge in Florida Child Welfare programs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
Knowledge in Florida Statute, Florida Administrative Code, and PSF
operating procedures relative to child welfare.
Excellent assessment skills and intervention strategies.
Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to identify environment stressors.
Ability to problem solve, make decisions, and implement plans.
Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect clients.
Ability to act with a high level of independent judgment.
Ability to multi-task.
Ability to read and interpret reports and documents such as
contracts, insurance certificates, abuse report, court reports,
home studies, and financial reports.
Ability to work flexible hours as required.
Ability to use and proficiency in computer software
Ability to travel.
Effective negotiation skills and conflict resolution skills.
Awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental factors
in the resolution of family and personal problems.
Mobility (moving between internal offices) 20%
Reaching, overhead 05%
Reading Comprehension Yes
Ability to Lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
Same Day Frequent
Weekend and Nights Infrequent
Infrequent (2 to 3 times year)
Occasional (2 to 3 times Month)
Frequent (2 to 3 times Week)
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