The NVFS Therapeutic Foster Care Program (TFC) serves Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Program staff recruit, prepare and support resource parents to provide temporary, healing home environments for children/teens in the state’s foster care system. The program provides 24/7 support/crisis intervention to resource families and the foster children/teens placed in their homes.
The Home Study Practitioner conducts Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) home studies for prospective resource families. The Home Study Practitioner is trained and certified by California’s Consortium for Children and is adept at building relationships, assessing applicants’ ability and willingness to foster and work within the treatment team, having difficult/corrective conversations and using Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills with the program’s resource parents.
Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Conduct SAFE home studies to assess prospective resource families.
- Meet and interview each parent at least three times.
- Meet and interview children and additional household members at least once to determine their thought about the addition of foster children to the household; observe and assess emotional presentation and conduct.
- Use SAFE information gathering tools.
- Review information with certified SAFE supervisor.
- Follow structured analysis steps.
- Use pre-formatted home study report template.
- Complete the Compatibility Inventory.
- Obtain required documents from families and ensure their accuracy and completeness.
- Compile documents and deliver to Training Supervisor.
Qualification Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.
- Must have one of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field (such as sociology, psychology, education or counseling); OR
- Bachelor’s degree in any field.
- At least one (1) year of experience providing services to children and families required.
- SAFE Home Study certification required within one (1) year of hire if not already certified.
- Must have strong and effective writing skills.
- Oral and written fluency in English required; additional language skills welcome.
- Proficiency in use of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
- Commitment to organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.
At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.
NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.