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St Catherine's Center for Children Family Specialist  in Albany, New York

Family Specialist

About the OrganizationSt Catherine's Center for Children offers a comprehensive range of programs designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children and families we serve.

PositionFamily Specialist


The Family Specialist provides support services, psycho-educational counseling and skill building to client children and their family. The Family Specialist works with the treatment team and community services (educational, clinical, occupational, etc).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee development of admission note and initial Service Plan in conjunction with the Program Supervisor and others involved with the child's placement and treatment.

  • Provide consultation and supervision to foster parents to assure that effective treatment procedures are followed through home visits and weekly phone consultation. InSpecialized Foster Care Program, a minimum of one home visit per month is required. InFamily Focused Therapeutic Foster Care, a minimum of two home visits per month are required.

  • Evaluate treatment, parenting and care of the child and maintain records on each placement.

  • Coordinate services and advocate for the child with community agencies, schools, and mental health agencies.

  • Provide 24-hour on-call availability for foster parents on a rotating basis.

  • Work closely with clinical consultants, psychiatrist and other professionals providing services to the child.

  • Working with the nursing department and the foster parent, coordinate the child's medical care. This may include assisting the foster parents and transportation to/from medical appointments.

  • Attend psychiatric medication reviews and update the psychiatrist on the child's functioning.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a human service area with a demonstrated capacity to work with a various range of people.

  • Clean and valid N.Y.S. driver’s license.

  • Strong interpersonal and computer skills

Shift-not applicable-

Weekends required

Req NumberFOS-20-00016

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.



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