Foster Home Licensor 1

Job Locations US-WA-Ruston
Posted Date 3 months ago(12/18/2017 12:25 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Behavioral Health
USD $52,981.58/Yr.


The Foster Home Licensor, under the direct supervision of the FP Licensing Supervisor, is responsible for evaluating the safety and appropriateness of a foster parent applicant and making recommendations as to their suitability to be a licensed foster parent.  The Foster Home Licensor assesses the needs of children and youth with intensive behavioral and physical health needs and identifies a foster home with the skills and capacities to meet the needs of the child or youth being placed.  The foster home licensor takes the lead in providing direct therapeutic support and services to foster parents who provide youth, funded by Medicaid, with a therapeutic placement to address their behavioral health needs and maintain connections to their home and community.  This role represents CCS in the community in various ways, including recruitment activities and acts as a liaison between CCS and State/ Behavioral Health partners such as DSHS, Coordinated Care and the Division of Licensed Resources.  This position is an integral part of the collaborative team environment of children’s programs to mitigate risk and ensure that children receive safe and therapeutically appropriate foster care services.   Additionally, the Licensor is responsible for the continuous safety monitoring of foster homes and documenting foster home licensing information in an electronic health record


  • Act as first responder to foster parents in crisis situation involving youth self-harm, behavioral or physical health crisis situations in CCS foster homes.  Provide crisis support, de-escalation and therapeutic strategies including right response and evidence based strategies to stabilize the situation for foster parents and children placed in their homes. 
  • Provide weekend crisis coverage for foster homes, responding to emergent referrals and safety situations in foster homes.
  • Partner with Coordinated Care, health care coordination entity for children/youth in foster care, to ensure physical and behavioral health needs of children/youth are understood and met by their foster care providers.  Contact primary care physicians and healthcare specialists to support coordination of services to children/youth and their foster care givers. 
  • Gather accurate and up-to-date information for youth with suicidal and other intensive behavioral health needs around risks, history, behaviors, etc. prior to making placement decisions and present to supervisor for approval.
  • In collaboration with the FP Licensing Supervisor, complete in-depth process of risk analysis  when considering foster placement including:  child’s needs, foster family capacity, foster family strengths/current issues, match between child and all children and adults in foster home, behavioral health needs and safety plan, etc.
  • Participate actively and provide clinical information regarding the child/youth’s placement in foster home to the clinical team addressing high risk issues, crisis and safety planning. 
  • Monitor all Foster homes assigned and the children/youth placed in those homes, maintaining knowledge and continuing to assess the risks and safety needs of all children in each home at all times.
  • Maintain CANS (Child Adolescent Needs Strengths) Clinical certification to support clinical assessment for children/youth in care and interpreting child/youth behavioral health needs to foster parents providing care. 
  • In coordination with the Foster Home Licensor II or supervisor, assess risks in home milieu and develop a House Safety Plan to ensure the safety and appropriate supervision of all children placed in a foster home.   
  • Complete and document in licensing file or electronic health record- Child/Youth Safety Plans, Placement Checklists and House Safety Plans with Licensor II or supervisor. 
  • Communicate to CA social worker around placement decisions, and ensure Placement Checklist is completed and signed by DCFS SW and received by CCS prior to placement, documenting placement information in an electronic health record.
  • Notify DCFS Social Worker of changes in safety or service planning and placement changes, including respite.
  • Actively participate in the Foster Care Placement Committee to review foster homes, contribute to practice and placement guidelines for CCSWW.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Recruit, train, license, and monitor foster homes including ongoing training and support for foster parents.

  • License foster parent applicants including collecting and assessing for safety and suitability all required documentation, assessing the parents’/family’s readiness and ability to provide foster care, and preparing the formal written report (home study) of the process utilizing thorough knowledge and understanding of the WAC in regard to rules and laws for licensing of foster parents.
  • At the direction and under the supervision of licensing supervisor, conduct internal (FP) licensing investigations. Interview foster parents, staff and any pertinent collateral contact persons.  Request and review incident reports.  Initiate and complete Corrective Action Plans (CAP’s) that may result in closing a foster home. 
  • Outreach in the community to recruit prospective foster parents.
  • First responder to prospective foster family homes to initially assess their safety, readiness and ability to care for one or more children in need of temporary foster care.
  • Maintain state certification and training for and participate in regular Caregiver Core Training and ongoing foster parent training sessions, both at CCS and with other agencies.
  • Monitor ongoing foster home safety by making quarterly Health and Safety visits to each licensed home, ensuring their continued compliance with licensing regulations and conducting a safety home assessment.
  • Assess the individual training needs of foster parents, planning and participating in continuing education opportunities for foster parents, as well as notifying foster parents of training possibilities in other agencies in the community.


Act as licensing liaison between Catholic Community Services and other agencies, including DCFS and the Division of Licensing Resources.

  • Represent CCS at licensing meetings with other child-placing agencies (CPA) and community organizations.
  • Communicate the information shared at meetings with CCS staff.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues from other Child Placing agencies.




  • Master’s degree in social services or mental health field.
  • Up to 2 years’ experience in a children’s social service environment. Basic understanding of the foster care system.
  • Must be eligible for Washington Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration (HIV/AIDS training required).
  • Knowledge of family systems approach, with capacity to make appropriate assessments in regard to placement of children in foster homes.
  • Be able to function well within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Must have the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance.
  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).
  • First/Aid CPR certified or the ability to become certified within the 1 month of employment.
  • Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months and ability or test within first six months of employment.
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
  • Be committed to developing and safekeeping a workplace which values and supports a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural


Preferred Qualifications

  • Training and experience in public speaking and teaching.
  • Knowledge of Washington State child welfare regulations and procedures.



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