Permanency Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/19/2021

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Job Description

This position supervises and coordinates the screening, evaluation and presentation of kinship and foster resource parent applicants for permanency approval (profile writing, supervisory services, and finalization services). Provides supplementary Permanency Services on behalf of children going through the permanency process (Child Preparation, Child Specific Recruitment)


  • For the family profile process, the Permanency Coordinator is responsible for managing the process of collecting all required clearances, documents and other information required to certify a foster or kinship resource parent for permanency in a timely fashion, working in partnership with the Resource Parent Support Specialists, CUA Case Managers, and other staff as appropriate.
  • The Permanency Coordinator is also the responsibility of the Permanency Coordinator to assure that the following activities occur in a high-quality and timely fashion:
    • That home visits and phone calls in connection with referrals are made to check on readiness to start and to give the resource parent initial documents. When a new referral is received, the Permanency Coordinator must visit the foster/kinship resource home within the first 5 working days to initiate the permanency process.
    • That the Statewide Adoption, Permanency and Independent Living Network (SWAN) compliance process/ benchmarks for SWAN permanency cases are completed.
    • In any situation in which the Permanency Coordinator is concerned about the welfare of a placed child, the Permanency Coordinator must immediately inform his/her supervisor, the CUA Director of Case Management, and the CUA Director.
    • That following each visit or telephone contact with a resource parent, any issues identified are coordinated with the relevant member(s) of TPFC staff. Excellent, clear and immediate communication is the essence of this position.
    • Transport clients to appointments (physical/clearance completion) in special situations
  • The Permanency Coordinator is expected to make follow-up visits and telephone calls to a foster or kinship resource home in order to resolve particular barriers to completion of permanency certification. Such issues may be, for example, acquiring clearance results or other documents, inspection of bedding/safety equipment acquired for the child(ren), inspection of required home improvements, etc.
  • The Permanency Coordinator is responsible for delivering to each new foster or kinship resource parent the Permanency Manual, ensuring that a signed receipt is obtained. The signed receipt should be filed in the correspondence section of the file. The Permanency Coordinator’s role is to ensure that the foster or kinship resource parent is familiar with the contents of the manual during the orientation of the resource parent.
  • The Permanency Coordinator is expected to attend all Court hearings regarding the Permanency goal.
  • Prior to certification, the Permanency Coordinator must ensure that each foster/kinship resource parent attends the training sessions.
  • The Permanency Coordinator is responsible for tracking documents that are needed for certification regarding each family member in the foster/kinship resource household.
  • The completion of the permanency certification process is time sensitive and the Permanency Coordinator is expected to meet stated deadlines or provided essential documentation of the barriers on a regular basis.
  • The Permanency Coordinator is responsible for attending quarterly permanency trainings and other Unit of Service meetings as scheduled by SWAN.


  • Knowledge of social services, child welfare and family systems services.
  • Culturally sensitive to the needs and diversities of multi‐cultural communities.
  • The ability and willingness to adjust work hours in accord with client need.
  • Strong writing and oral presentations skills
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented.
  • Strong organizational skills, an ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • The use of a currently inspected car each day, including the possession of current auto insurance and driver’s license, and willingness to serve clients within a 50 mile radius of the CUA office.
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend home visits.
  • Proficiency in both Spanish and English preferred, but not required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, respectful, and courteous nature.
  • Practices good customer service skills in all working relationships.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.
  • Skills in typing, basic computer operations, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Able to work independently, demonstrating good judgment.
  • Experience facilitating public meetings, and other public forums.


  • Previous experience as an Adoption Worker or Foster Home Certification Worker is preferred.

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field required; MSW preferred.


  • Commensurate with education and experience.

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

  • This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.

Nondiscrimination Policy: Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • Turning Points for Children has established and will maintain an open and equitable personnel system. Personnel policies, procedures, and practices have been designated to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age or sex. Employment opportunities shall be provided for applicants with disabilities and reasonable accommodation(s) shall be made to meet the physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees.