Kinship Specialist

Website Family Support Services of North Florida

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Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Department/Program: Licensing

Posting Date: 11/20/2020
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

FSS Mission Statement

The mission of Family Support Services of North Florida is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.

Organizational Expectations

Commitment – As the lead Child Welfare Agency in North Florida FSS prides itself on our employees’ commitment to the agency and the children and families we serve.  This is demonstrated by being available at a moment’s notice to assist clients regardless of the time of day.  This is also demonstrated by employees’ commitment to maintain consistent attendance and punctuality.
Career Development– FSS is committed to being a learning organization that supports employees in their pursuit of professional growth and career development. Therefore employees are highly encouraged to explore and broaden their knowledge and skill sets to achieve their career goals.

Professionalism – Employees are expected to demonstrate professionalism in their appearance and demeanor when representing FSS at internal and external meetings, trainings, and events.
Teamwork – Putting the interests of FSS clients first is critical to the success of the organization. This requires all employees maintain consistent and timely communication, provide support to co-workers and colleagues and demonstrate the principles of teamwork.

Responsible Citizenship – In keeping with our mission and values employees are encouraged to volunteer 15 hours per year to assist with FSS and FSS-sponsored events.
Customer Service – As employees of the Lead Child Welfare Agency in North Florida FSS employees will demonstrate their commitment to providing our clients (internal/external) with consistent, meaningful and exceptional service.
Job Summary:
The major function of this position includes the initial licensing for level I kinship family foster homes and ensuring statutory licensing requirements and guidelines are met within a restricted timeframe. This position is responsible for working directly with caregivers to educate them of the benefits of the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) and working in respectful partnership to assist them in understanding and meeting the requirements for licensure to be eligible for the GAP program. This position will be working in partnership with child welfare professionals from Department of Children and Families, Family Support Services and our subcontracted case management organizations. This position will work closely with the FSS licensing and placement teams.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Prior experience with licensing and working with at risk children preferred.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration
Valid driver’s license. Current certification in First Aid and CPR is recommended.  Florida child welfare case management certification is required for this position- active certification or ability to meet criteria for certification. Licensing certification preferred.


Minimum Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to:

·        Understand and commit to the FSS mission

·        Represent self and the organization in a professional manner with strong emphasis on customer service

·        Work independently with minimal direct supervision

·        Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with professionalism and respect

·        Work directly with caregivers to help them understand and meet licensure and benefit requirements

·        Understand and interpret Florida statutes, Florida administrative rule, policies and procedures

·        Determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments within required timeframes

·        Mange time effectively

·        Work collaboratively with professionals within and outside of our organization.

·        Demonstrate personal leadership to include working with integrity, maintaining ethical standards, adhering to agency expectations and policies for professional conduct.



·        Strong written and verbal communication

·        Strong organizational and time management

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Excel and Word. Experience with Power Point and Outlook.


Other Requirements:

Clear a Level II background screening.
Clear a reference check (professional and personal).
Clear a local background check from the County in which you reside.
Clear a substance abuse screen.
Provide a copy of all degrees prior to your first day of employment.
Clear a Motor Vehicles Records check.
Provide proof of, and maintain a minimum personal auto liability insurance level $100,000/$300,000.
·        Clear an E-Verify check to substantiate that the successful candidate meets the Department of Homeland Security authorization requirements to work in the United States (for more information visit

Job Duties
Essential Duties
% of Time
Responsible for contacting kinship caregivers within 48 business hours of assignment to schedule initial home visit to begin licensing process.
Conduct initial home visit to kinship home to complete information gathering, assessment of home, complete required documents to begin writing of unified home study.
Assist caregiver with completing licensing documentation as needed.
Assist caregiver with accessing training modules and ensuring completion of required training.
Conduct final home visit to kinship home to collect paperwork, take photos of home, verify training completion and obtain signature on unified home study for packet finalization and submission to Kinship Supervisor within required timeframe.
Responsible for timely submission of licensing packets to DCF with 100% of all completed licensing packets meeting FSS and DCF timeframe standards.
Complete follow-up on deficient packets timely as directed, usually within 24 hours.
Responsible for ensuring effective communication and collaboration between professionals internal and external to organization.
Ensures that records are maintained on all licensed homes and that all licensing information is correct. Responsible for insuring that all foster homes are in compliance with Florida state standards.
Attend Foster Home Association meetings on a scheduled rotation basis.
Other Duties:

Participate in scheduled trainings
As needed
Attend tri-annual caregiver trainings and events
As needed
Attend foster home review committee meetings
As needed
Be available for caregivers if they have questions or concerns or need support. Assist with benefit explanation.
To treat caregivers, the public and co-workers with courtesy, respect and dignity and present a positive public image.
Supervisory/Decision Making  Authority

Does the position require customary supervision and management of at least 2 or more full-time employees?   Yes No


Contribution and Impact
This position is responsible for achieving the defined outcome measures in the licensing program and assuring all policies and procedures are followed.

Strategic Value
This position ensures that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the agency.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  (R=Required  P=Preferred)
Sitting  R_   Standing  _R_   Walking  R__   Lifting  P_(Specify)  Carrying P_   Kneeling  __P        Pushing/Pulling  P_  Bending/Stooping  _P_   Climbing  __   Reaching  P__   Crawling/Crouching  P   Grasping  P__   Turning  P_   Repetitive Motions  _P_   Color Recognition  _R_   Depth Perception  R_   Reading  R__   Hearing  R__   Other (describe) __

HAZARDS:  (X=Potential Exposure)
Proximity to moving mechanical parts  _   Electrical current  __

Toxic or caustic chemicals  X__  Radiation  ___   Biohazards (airborne or contact)  _X___  Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents  _X__   Flammable, explosive gases  ____   Human-borne pathogens  _X___   Other:  V

SKILL REQUIREMENTS:  (R=Required  P=Preferred)

Drive motor vehicle _R_  Prepare food ____ Typing/Keyboard _R_   Word processing software R_   Data base software R__   Spreadsheet software R__   Other software _P_   Calculator _R_  Operate office machines R__   (Fax, Copier) Verbal communication (including telephone) _R_   Written communication (including composition) R__   Public speaking/group presentations  R_   Team-oriented and collaborative interpersonal relationships _R_   Respectful client relationships R__   Client assessment and evaluation R__   Retrieve and compile information _R _   Verify data _R_   Maintain records _ R__   Organize and prioritize information _R_   Analyze and interpret

information R__   Investigate, evaluate and recommend action  R_    Basic mathematical concepts (add, subtract, multiply, divide) R_   Advanced mathematical concepts (fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, graphs) _R_   Abstract mathematical concepts (interpolation, inference, frequency, reliability, formulas, equations, statistics) _P_  Reasoning and logic _R_   Sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics _R_
FSSNF provides equal employment and advancement opportunity for all individuals without discrimination because of race, creed, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, military status, marital status, or the other protected categories as defined by the EEOC and takes affirmative action in the implementation of this policy. If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact the appropriate servicing human resources office.

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