Treatment Foster Care Specialist
Job Code: 2021-SPECIALI-027
Location: Division of Specialized Services
Department: Residential Treatment Center
FT/PT Status: Full Time
Treatment Foster Care Specialist
Wisconsin Community Services (WCS)
Specialized Services Division – Treatment Foster Care Program
Position Summary: Coordinate care for children/youth, their families and treatment foster parents enrolled in the Treatment Foster Program. Treatment Foster provides services under the Wraparound Milwaukee system of care, which includes a unique set of values that emphasizes individualized, strength-based, trauma-informed, community-based and culturally intelligent care to provide intensive and individualized care for children/youth and their families to achieve stability, safety, development, and permanency.
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Work Relationship and Scope:
Reports directly to Treatment Foster Care Supervisor. Has contact with a wide variety of individuals including children, youth and family members, other program staff, including providers and other collateral contacts, neighbors, funders, Milwaukee Division of Child Protective Services, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Milwaukee County Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), Children’s Court officials, MPS school staff and administrators, staff of youth serving agencies and the general public.
Follow agency Code of Conduct; adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources; conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other WCS staff, people being served by WCS, and all external persons and agencies involved with service provision; sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic and disability needs; demonstrate commitment to agency values and mission. Demonstrates a strength based, person centered, and culturally intelligent approach to serving people with mental health and co-occurring needs. Focused on embracing recovery in all interactions and incorporating people being served as an integral part of the team.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of positive child/youth development; patience and understanding of challenging life needs; knowledge related to mental health and co-occurring needs, the ability to interact with child/youth, families, and caregivers in a calm and professional manner; ability to follow oral and written instructions and cues; ability to remain calm and respond appropriately in crisis situations; proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to perform basic computer functions; highly developed organizational skills with the ability to multitask; sensitivity towards cultural, ethic and life needs.
Work is performed in a busy office environment and in the community serving children, youth and families. Some of the work is done sitting at desk using a computer; requires significant outreach in the community and families’ homes; much of the outreach is done in urban neighborhoods and several hours per day may be spent driving; hours average 40 per week; flexible work schedule include some hours outside the normal work schedule on evenings and weekends.
Duties require possible physical activity while interacting in the community. May require sitting at a desk and/or computer for 2 or more hours at a time. The position requires computer work. Requires the ability to travel and drive for short and extended distances.
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