The Kinship/Foster Care Support Worker is responsible for the day to day support and supervision of Athabasca Tribal Council foster and kinship families and will also Supports for permanency files. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to mentor and support kinship/foster care homes and their clients. The Kinship/Foster Care Worker will work closely with the Supervisor/Director to maintain a superior quality kinship/foster care program.
- Supporting and facilitating cultural connectedness by foster/kinship families for children in the care of the Director
- Licensing of agency foster homes
- Creating developmental screening and creating developmental support plans to enhance the well of children residing in care.
- Orientation, education and training foster/kinship families to build skill, knowledge and ability
- Ongoing assessment, support and evaluation of foster/kinship homes
- Participating in placement resource assessments and specifically leading assessments of non compliance
- Facilitating positive working relationships and partnerships between caregivers, caseworker, professionals and biological families
- Active and ongoing recruitment, screening and assessment of foster and kinship/foster homes (i.e. working recruitment booths in communities, participating in events of foster/kinship Family Week, intake and screening daily).
- Providing training and support to new and ongoing kinship/foster care families to assist them in providing quality care.
- Assisting families with implementing specialized care, behavior management, child development and generally assisting with placement stability.
- Accessing community resources dependent on child/youth's needs.
- Complete any new Supports for Permanency Intakes and maintain current agreements as per Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act
- The ideal candidate will:
- Have knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, customs and beliefs;
- Have a good understanding of current and emerging issues of importance to Indigenous people and communities;
- Able to speak or understand Cree or Dene which is widely spoken within the Athabasca Tribal Council First Nations which will be a definite asset;
- Experience in working with Indigenous children, families and communities in a supportive and culturally respected manner;
- Have minimum 2 years of case management experience;
- Be ethically motivated, and adhere to a belief system that the family is the preferred place for children;
- Have strong advocacy skills with the ability to maintain high level of professionalism under stress;
- Possess good conflict resolution skills, be results oriented, a team player and positive role model for others;
- Be familiar with Alberta’s Child youth and Family Enhancement Act.
- Demonstrate effective organizational, time-management, communication (oral and written) skills and Computer skills.
- Be open to work flexible hours that meet the needs of the children/families including evenings and weekends.
- Be willing to travel to provide regular and responsive face to face interactions with our children, families and kinship/foster care homes.
- Knowledge of Cree and Dene language and culture an asset
Qualifications/Experience: Must have a diploma/degree in Social Work and must be registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Minimum 2 years of combined experience working in community outreach programs.
Other requirements: A clear Alberta Police Information Check (vulnerable sector included) and Intervention Record Check (both dated within last 6 months), a driver's abstract are conditions of employment. Also, a valid Alberta driver’s licence (minimum class 5). Extensive travel to the communities we serve in the Athabasca Tribal Council as well as within Alberta. After-hours on-call duties on a rotational basis are expected.
Job Type: Full-time
- ENGLISH (Preferred)
- CREE/DENE (Preferred)