Foster Parent Trainer - Bilingual

New York, NY
Full Time
Mid Level

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services (Sheltering Arms) serves 12,000 New Yorkers every year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Our goal is to foster a society where every child and family we serve will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive.  We address the effects of social inequity in the most challenged communities in New York City. Our innovative programs and compassionate services measurably enhance the education, well-being and development of children, their families, and communities.  We have maintained an unwavering commitment to our mission since 1823. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for the youth, children and families we serve. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

About ORR: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is a program of the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  ORR programs provide short term home based transitional foster care and residential services for unaccompanied minors who immigrate to the United States without a parent or guardian. 

Job Summary: The Foster Parent Trainer will train and certify foster parents for the ORR program.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct orientations for prospective foster parents
  • Train prospective resource parents as per OCFS and Sheltering Arms requirements (MAPP and Deciding Together) and provide ongoing parent education 
  • Assist with conducting outreach to recruit new foster and adoptive foster parents
  • Follow up on all inquiries from prospective foster parents
  • Inspect resource homes to ensure that the home is physically safe for children and meets all city, state, and agency regulations for certification
  • Expedite home certifications and assist the foster parents to obtain necessary documents
  • Complete home study and recertification protocols every month as per guidelines provided
  • Conduct clearances for household members of resource
  • Verify 3 personal references, income, employment, health, etc with supporting documents
  • Manage and maintain resource home in Connections
  • Meet regularly with transitional foster care units to provide homefinding related trainings and updates
  • Perform other duties as delegated


  • BA/BS required; bilingual Spanish required. 
  • Previous experience in child welfare or related field preferred. 
  • Good leadership qualities and ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 



It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.



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