Foster Care Resource Parent Support Worker @ PROGRESSIVE LIFE CENTER - Philadelphia, PA

Job Overview

8 days ago

Foster Care Resource Parent Support Worker


Progressive Life Center, Inc. (PLC) is a Black-led organization, providing culturally-sensitivity human services to children, youth and families in the District of Columbia and surrounding Maryland, throughout Greater Philadelphia, and in most of Delaware. PLC’s array of community-based services includes foster care and adoption, independent living for youth aging out of foster care, family preservation, juvenile diversion, and parenting skills training. For more than two decades, PLC has earned accreditation from the prestigious Council on Accreditation (COA) for its demonstration of excellence in the delivery of services and achievement of outcomes. Learn more at

Program Summary:

The Philadelphia NIA (Nurturing Individuals Always) Foster Care & Resource Home Care programs provides general and treatment foster care services for children and youth from infancy to 21 years of age. Aligned with our goal to reunify children and youth with their biological parents or identify loving and safe permanent homes, Philadelphia NIA recruits, and trains and licenses new resource foster families/homes and provides case management support to resource foster parents, children and youth, and the biological parents.

Position Description:

The Intake, Recruiting, Training & Licensing Specialist position requires the incumbent to establish and implement procedures for licensing and re-certifying foster parents, providing pre-service and in-service training and initially certifying new resource foster parents, and increase foster homes through the City of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania.


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, education or other human service field from accredited college or university.
  • Minimum two to five (2-5) years of progressive experience working with children, youth and families in human service setting.
  • Experience in human services best practices & training.
  • Experience utilizing MS Office Suite and databases.
  • Certification in NTU Service Delivery Model within one (1) year of hire.
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.


We offer exceptional benefits package with an opportunity for personal and professional growth. EOE.
Benefits Package:
1.Clinical Training
2.Continuing Education Units
3.Fringe Benefits
4.Investment package
5.Flexible work schedule

Physical Demands:
Physical Demands (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

  • Ability to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • Ability to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, mobile device and computer printer); Manual dexterity needed for using a mobile device, calculator and computer keyboard
  • Ability to position self to stoop kneels, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to navigate stairwells.
  • Ability to frequently communicate with employees/customers/clients; and must be able to exchange accurate information by perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral and written information.
  • Ability to frequently move files weighing up to 20 pounds throughout the office space.
  • Ability to participate in fire drills or other drills during an emergency situation.
  • Ability to be available on call and often respond to situations during off hours which can disrupt normal sleep patterns and cause fatigue.
  • Ability to physically restrain children when required and protect him/her in physically confrontational situations.
  • Ability to face a significant amount of emotional stress which can cause related physical stress on muscles as well as other physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.
  • In cases of child relocation, the incumbent may be required to assist the child by carrying belongings and must often lift, carry and/or comfort small children.
Work Environment:
  • Normal office environment or residential facility, but also may travel locally to visit clients within their homes, meet with service providers, and/or attend meetings:
  • Schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, private practices, prisons, corporations, and numerous public and private agencies.
  • Specialize in one or more of over 40 practice areas – including Disaster Relief, Child Welfare Services, and Homeless Family Assistance, among many others.

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