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Transitional Service Specialist

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: Foster Care & Adoption

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Sheltering Arms is seeking a Transitional Service Specialist for our Foster Care and Adoption program. The After Care and Transitional Services Specialist (ACTSS) will be available to the teens and their families upon the youth’s trial discharge from the group home/residence/SILP. The services of the After Care and Transitional Services Specialist (ACTSS) will be available to family for up to a year which will begin at the traditional trial discharge until six months beyond the official final discharge. This creation of the ACTSS will allow for protracted services for the family. The families who will benefit from this service will be identified at the inception of their case in Sheltering Arms’ Foster Care program. All families who are place on trial discharge status will be connected to the ACTSS.


The ACTSS is a new support that will help to expedite safer discharges in two ways. First, the ACTSS will have been a part of the families’ history at Sheltering Arms and will be very familiar with their background, network of supports and the issues on which they are working. This will encourage a more fluid relationship with the family, worker and encourages a productive engagement period. Also the ACTSS will be available to help intercede and provide assistance that will hopefully alleviate the immediate concern and prevent re-placement.


The service that the ACTSS will provide will help to prevent re-entries into foster care by working more pro-actively in resolving problems and mediating conflicts that might arise. Because the ACTSS will be very aware of the family’s strengths and resources, alternatives solutions to placement will be examined and implemented where necessary. Very similar to the philosophy of concurrent planning, the ACTSS will regularly assess alternative planning options to prevent re-entry into the foster care system.


The role of the ACTSS is to increase the variables for a successful family reunification period and usher the youth and family toward a successful final discharge.


Essential Functions

  • The ACTSS will work with the families who are in foster care preparing for discharge. While the ACTSS will be very familiar with the case and will have participated in conferences concerning the family, his/her work will start upon the beginning of trial discharge and will continue for six months beyond final discharge.
  • Is a part of the Treatment Team and participates in the initial 72 hour, 30 day and on-going SPR conferences to anticipate post-discharge needs from the inception of the case to the agency
  • Acts as liaison with the agency case planner/caseworker to develop written discharge plan (goals and objectives)
  • Identifies and investigates resources in the youth’s community of origin/ discharge for mental health, medical, socialization needs’ in order to make community-based connections that are best suited to the clients’ needs
  • Conducts monthly face to face contact with the family with special focus on discharge planning and reunification/ family life issues
  • Facilitates family meetings to address family life and family reunification issues
  • Utilizes conflict mediation skills to assist in helping to resolve conflict in the home that will disrupt the discharge
  • Monitors family compliance with all established discharge goals and objectives
  • Maintains regular contact with schools/ vocational program/ collateral services via telephone, written correspondence and site visits to these agents
  • Immediately reports emergency or urgent issues to the case planner or director so that an appropriate response to the matter can be devised and implemented
  • Documents all efforts in the form of progress notes
  • Performs other duties as delegated



  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field from an accredited college or university preferred
  • Must have knowledge or be able to access information concerning community based resources
  • A record of success and achievement in foster boarding home/ residential child care work/ preventive services helpful


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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