Foster care program coordinators are responsible for developing and coordinating programs relating to support for children in the foster system. These coordinators work primarily in indoor environments, though light travel is often necessary to meet with various children and/or families.
Although those in this position generally work traditional business hours, many may keep irregular hours and work nights or weekends as needed. A bachelor’s degree in an area such as social work, sociology, or psychology is often a minimum requirement for the position, and many organizations now prefer those with master’s degrees who also engage in ongoing education in child development and cultural awareness.
Foster care program coordinators may have many responsibilities pertaining to the ultimate care and safety of the children represented. Common responsibilities include: working with mentally disabled children and children who possess behavioral disorders; assessing and coordinating the care of children in foster care; developing and implementing service plans for children; maintaining confidential files regarding each child and case; writing reports; and reporting findings to all relevant government agencies. Candidates for the position must have strong attentional to detail and interpersonal communication skills, as well as expert problem-solving skills, and must ultimately act in the best interest of each child.
Program Coordinator, Foster Care Tasks
Communicate and build relationships with foster care placements, legal representatives, and doctors.
Respond to and delegate crisis and time-sensitive cases and events.
Oversee foster care program and staff, including standardizing processes and interactions.
Complete paperwork and reports on the department and foster parents.