Foster Parent Training Specialist

Good Shepherd Services

Full Job Description
About Us:

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!
NOTE: As a NYC contracted agency all positions at Good Shepherd Services fall under the NYC vaccine mandate. All employees, volunteers and interns must show proof of vaccination upon hire.

Benefits:For Full Time Employees Benefits/Perks:
Tuition Assistance Program
Generous paid time off (Including 5 Self-Care Days/Floating Holidays, 12 Sick Days, 15 Vacation Days, and 11 Holidays)
Healthcare Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision, and Pet Care)
403(b) Plan (GSS contributes 3% of your salary to your 403(b) plan after 3 years of service, with contributions increasing over time)
Overview:The Foster Parent Training Specialist will develop, coordinate, and facilitate foster parent training’s and support groups for the Therapeutic and Family Foster Care program at Good Shepherd Services.




Location: 7 West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453


Hours: 35 Hours/Week; Exempt


Major Duties:

Coordinate all trainings required by Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) including but limited to Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP and Mini MAPP), Parenting Skills Training (PST), Supporting Normative Experiences, LGBTQ, special/exceptional needs, and annual recertification trainings.
Conduct MAPP, Mini MAPP, PST, Supporting Normative Experiences, LGBTQ, special/exceptional needs, and annual recertification trainings, as needed.
Coordinate monthly foster parent support groups.
Coordinate the quarterly foster parent training calendar.
Ensure all invitations and certificates of participation are provided to foster parents.
Ensure all training documentation is filed in the foster parent record.
Enter training data in Connections and EVOLV databases.
Follow up with foster parents regarding their training compliance status.
Ensure all foster parents receive required training hours.
Assist in the preparation and response to audits by ACS, OCFS, and other funding sources
Collaborate with PEP on special projects and reconciliations to ensure that training information for foster parents is accurate and current.
Maintain statistics and generate reports on all training activities on a monthly basis.
Collaborate with colleagues from other agencies and attend outside meetings as appropriate.
Participate in departmental staff meetings, committees and other duties related to the job objective as needed.
Participates in ongoing communication with other GSS departments/units
Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar) and self care, when applicable, in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
Perform other duties as needed.


BA/BS in related field
Minimum of two years experience of social services and/or child welfare experience required. Bilingual required(English/Spanish).
Group work experience preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel
Excellent organizational skills
Must have a commitment to work from a strength based, youth & family development perspective
Additional Information:Good Shepherd Services is an equal opportunity employer that is proudly committed to becoming an anti-racist and multicultural organization that stands up for justice and equity. We welcome prospective employees from diverse backgrounds, for administrative support and direct service and leadership roles, who will join us on that journey, uphold our values and approach, and believe in our mission. Additionally, we aim to have a racially representative leadership and workforce that is reflective of the communities we work in partnership with.
Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

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