The Foster Family Consultant (FFC) is our unique version of the case management role within a child placing agency. FFCs work closely with DFCS and the juvenile court system to manage children’s dependency cases toward permanency. They participate in matching foster children with foster families during the placement process. They ensure each child’s safety, permanency, and well-being while in foster care through home visits and frequent involvement with the child, foster family, and birth family. FFCs support birth family reunification efforts through birth parent visitations and intentional birth parent support. FFCs promote foster placement stability through foster parent coaching, 24/7 support, service coordination, spiritual guidance, treatment planning, and crisis intervention. FFCs advocate for each child’s best interest by attending all court hearings, panel reviews, family team meetings, educational meetings, and other meetings related to the child’s care or case.
Education and Experience
- Degree in Human Services Field (ie., Social Work, Psychology, Behavioral Science, Counseling, Ministry/Theology, or other related degree). MA/MS preferred. BA/BS required. Clinical Experience: Strong clinical knowledge, particularly in the areas of childhood trauma, family-systems, substance abuse. Strong coaching/counseling and crisis intervention skills. Experience with GA Score and Shines preferred, but not required. Georgia RBWO Foundations Certified or waiver eligible is beneficial, but not required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in clients, staff, foster parents and families served. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work within a team. Ability to handle job related matters in a professional, diplomatic and confidential manner. Knowledge of community resources and services. Ability to organize and execute responsibilities in an independent manner. Knowledge of normal business computer skills. Competent in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.