Foster Care Social Work Supervisor

Full Time
Foster Care & Adoption

Job Summary: At Sheltering Arms, the Foster Care Social Worker Supervisor will function within the context of the Family Team Conference model to establish and review permanency-planning goals, ensuring the overall safety, growth and development of every child, placed in the care of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services.


Essential Functions

  • Supervise a unit of 4 caseworkers providing quality services to children in placement, their birth families and foster parents. Assure the appropriate and effective delivery of casework services in accordance with OCFS, Children’s Services and the agency standards and policies
  • Assist in the hiring and orientation of new staff to all procedures and policies related to IOC, including business practices and case management responsibilities. 
  • Provide weekly individual and biweekly group supervision ensuring that safety issues and risk factors are fully identified and addressed in every case.
  • Identify staff individual training needs and make recommendation to Training Department for meeting such needs.    
  • Maintain monthly tracking systems that monitor progress notes, FASPs, FTC conferences, Parent-to-Parent meetings and Permanency Hearing reports, to ensure total compliance with all Children’s Services and State requirements. Review the internal consistency between progress notes and FASP in Quarterly Case Review and QI’s Random Record Review. Submit completed tracking tools on a monthly basis.  
  • Work collaboratively with Quality Improvement (QI) to identify trends and be guided by collected data to enhance services, expediting reunification, adoptions and related permanency goals for our children. Coordinate and maximize the use of internal and external resources to support service delivery

  • Monitor, evaluate job performance and recommend personnel actions, including promotions and terminations.  
  • Required to participate in FCA on–call after-hours/intake coverage rotation.  
  • Performs other duties as delegated



  • Master’s Degree required
  • Experience:  Two years of post Masters supervisory experience in child welfare and family services required. Ability to serve families in crisis, conduct detailed factual interviews, and provide complete and accurate, timely written reports. 
  •  Must show promising, professional competence through good academic record, professional references, and a stable work history. 
  • Skills:  Must have a comprehensive and functional knowledge of Children Services and OFCS initiatives and mandates; excellent analytical, organizational and interpersonal attributes; strong oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in Connections, Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.
  • Ability to engage in duties requiring longer than a regular 7 hour work day.
  • Judgment:  Enjoy taking initiative, use sound judgment, excellent interdisciplinary collaborative skills, strong sensitivity to cultural differences present among staff and clients within our organization. 
  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job.


Yearly Training Requirements

  • Assessing  and Monitoring Child Safety and risk
  • Assessment
  • Behavior Management
  • Characteristics of DJJ Youth in Care
  • Chemical Dependency & Sexual Abuse and their Effects on Children
  • Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Child & Adolescent Development and Behavior
  • Common Psychotropic Medications used with Children & Risks
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Core Essentials
  • Crisis De-escalation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Thinking and Case Decision Making
  • Cultural Competency
  • Depression
  • DJJ Requirements and Regulations
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Family Planning and Sexual health
  • General Child Welfare (Legal and Regulatory Standards)
  • Handle with Care Restraint Techniques
  • Interviewing
  • Loss and Separation
  • Medication Policy and Procedure
  • Progress Note Documentation
  • Recognizing Developmental Delays and Mental Illness
  • Recognizing Indicators of Substance & Alcohol Abuse
  • Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Service Planning and Goal Setting
  • Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Care
  • Trauma



It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services 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.


Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.



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