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Refugee Foster Care Trainer, Full time, Lansing MI

Lansing, MI 48933


At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to \u201cBe The Rock That Starts The Ripple\u201d. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.



Job Summary


Provides training for foster parents and/or staff in assigned program, under the direction of the Director, Program Manager and licensing supervisor.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide training for foster parents and/or staff in accordance with applicable contractual, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.
  • Maintain current knowledge of, develop and implement culturally sensitive curriculum to foster parents and/or staff.
  • Design and conduct monthly trainings, support groups, orientations and in home behavioral interventions for foster parents.
  • Maintain current knowledge of and work collaboratively with referral sources, agencies, institutions and individuals who have important roles in clients life situations.
  • Participate in conferences, program planning and outcomes.
  • Engage in social action, advocacy and education oriented programs that will enhance or improve services.
  • Complete all required reports, statistics and assignments in accordance with agency and contract timelines and requirements.
  • Maintain current certifications to ensure annually required trainings for all staff can be complete and up to date.
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    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelors degree in Social Work or related human services field.



    • Minimum two years experience providing direct services in child welfare and foster care services preferred, with one year of licensing experience.
    • Thorough knowledge of State of Michigan Child & Family service system and resources.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to operate with minimal direct supervision.
    • Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize work projects and tasks.
    • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define situation involving several variables.
    • Ability to read, write and speak English effectively.
    • Effective public speaking to large or small groups of individuals.
    • Ability to prepare business letters, reports, summaries using prescribed format and conforming to rules of punctuation, grammar and diction.
    • Ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources as they apply to client needs.
    • Thorough knowledge of child development, personality, family life, parenting and ethnicity.
    • Ability to employ social brokering, advocating and mobilizing individuals and groups.
    • Ability to gather information from clients and incorporate relevant information in assessing and prioritizing needs of families.
    • Ability to apply counseling techniques with individuals and groups.
    • Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies and disciplines.
    • Ability to maintain a helping role and intervenes appropriately to meet service goals.
    • Ability to deal constructively and appropriately with client apathy, hostility, resistance and anger.
    • Ability to express empathy and compassion towards persons served.
    • Demonstrates cultural and ethnic sensitivity.
    • Utilize various computer software applications.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Unrestricted valid driver's license with good driving record.  Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.
    • May work extended hours.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Near and far visual acuity.
    • Ability to move freely about.
    • High level of concentration over extended periods.


    Posted: 2020-05-21 Expires: 2020-06-20

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