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Foster Care Home Certification Specialist in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 11/27/2018

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Job Description


  • The Home Certification Specialist is responsible for managing the process of collecting all required clearances, documents and other information required to certify a foster or kinship resource parent in a timely fashion, working in partnership with the Resource Home Coordinators and other staff as appropriate.
  • It is also the responsibility of the Home Certification Specialist to assure that the following activities occur in a high-quality and timely fashion:
    • That home visits and phone calls in connection with foster or kinship resource home referrals are made to check on readiness to start and to give the resource parent initial documents. When a new referral is received, the Home Certification Specialist must visit the foster/kinship resource home within the first 5 working days to initiate the certification process.
    • That the TPFC compliance process for county-referred emergency kinship resource homes and internal kinship resource home referrals are completed.
    • In any situation in which the Home Certification Specialist is concerned about the welfare of a placed child, the Home Certification Specialist 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 Home Certification Specialist 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 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 Home Certification Specialist is responsible for delivering to each new foster or kinship resource parent the Foster Parent Manual or Kinship Parent Manual, ensuring that a signed receipt is obtained. The signed receipt should be filed in the correspondence section of the file. The Home Certification Specialist’s role is to ensure that the foster or kinship resource parent is familiar with the contents of the manual.
  • Prior to certification, the Home Certification Specialist must ensure that each foster/kinship resource parent attends the training sessions.
  • The Home Certification Specialist is responsible for tracking documents that are needed for certification regarding each family member in the foster/kinship resource household.


  • 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.
  • 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 main TPFC 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.
  • Strong writing and oral presentations skills
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented.
  • Strong organizational skills, an ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Experience facilitating public meetings, and other public forums.


  • Previous experience as a foster home recruiter or coordinator desired.

 Education Requirement:

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


  • Commensurate with education and experience.