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Family Team Conference Facilitator

Location: Richmond Hill, New York, NY

Department: Family Support Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. 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 our neighbors in need. 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitate up to four Family Team Conferences per day
  • Maintain contact with Program staff to ensure conferences are conducted within the Family to Family Model while adhering to strict time lines and exhibit the values of inclusion, partnership, honesty, respect, and family strengths during conferences.
  • Schedule FTC’s with input from Supervisor and case planner.
  • Prepare data around Tracking of FTC’s for assigned program, assist with reaching out to collaterals, and confirm with client if invited children over ten and all invited parties will attend the FTC.
  • Assist with follow up of agreed upon service planning goals after conferences are held.
  • Complete and distribute written and Connections documentation of conferences as required.
  • Monitor and update data on shared drive for assigned program.
  • Attend meetings or events in the community as requested.
  • Participate in relevant agency committees.
  • Responsible for maintaining and ensuring compliance with client and agency confidentiality standards and ethical expectations.
  • Review and monitor monthly casework contacts in Connections, and follow up with case planners for compliance.
  • Performs other duties as delegated



  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Successful completion of the Administration for Children Services (ACS) Family Team Conference Facilitator Training upon hire
  • Bilingual, English/Spanish speaking required
  • Prior group work experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the New York State Child welfare system
  • Competence to visualize presented permanency plans to determine overall feasibility while ensuring child safety standards are maintained
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of persons and population served, inclusive of those from the LGBTQ community
  • Ability to utilize professional interpersonal skills when initiating and discussing difficult topic matter involving the overall safety and welfare of children in alternative care
  • Capacity to remain objective while guiding the group’s discussion towards measurable and obtainable goals relating to the care, safety, well-being, and subsequent permanency of the identified child (ren)
  • Knowledge of CONNECTIONS and Microsoft Office
  • Flexibility for evening and Saturday hours required


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, 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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