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One Hope United Foster Care Licensing Representative - Joliet, IL in Joliet, Illinois


Under the assigned Foster Care Supervisor, provides direct case management services to relative and non-relative foster homes within agencies policies and program context. Responsible for recruitment, retention, training and licensure of foster family homes.

Required Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's in social work or related


  • 2+ years of child welfare experience required

  • 1+ year of direct work as a Foster Care Licensing Representative preferred

Other: Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record with OHU required levels of coverage for auto insurance

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Process intake screenings for prospective foster parents

  • Assist in the development and follow-through process on innovative and assertive recruitment techniques for foster parents and minority foster parents

  • Develop and coordinate an efficient, informative orientation for prospective foster parents

  • Work closely with prospective foster parents as they go through the initial screening and licensing

  • Closely monitor the relicensing of foster homes within the program

  • Review referral information to ensure the appropriate placement in out-of-home care and coordinate with foster care staff and supervisor, as necessary

  • Review and audit foster home files to ensure adherence to licensing requirements

  • Serve as a liaison to caseworkers and/or supervisors for activities with the foster homes and the community

  • Ensure foster home licensing, recruitment, and placement practices align with state and federal regulations

  • Inform caseworkers on licensing and placement regulations

  • Communicate rule violations to the caseworker and foster parent in a timely manner, while also working with them to correct violations through special evaluations

  • Develop and execute Foster Parent Recruitment Plan to be completed, tracked, and assessed bi-annually

  • A Schedule and facilitate Foster Parent Recruitment Informational meetings

  • Conduct Foster Parent Informational Meetings/Orientations monthly

  • Participate in the development of the annual Foster Parent Implementation Plan

  • Develop and execute monthly Foster Parent Training

  • Accurately complete required forms and reports in accordance with DCFS and OHU policy within required timeframes

  • Keep supervisor informed of the progression of assigned cases in a timely manner in addition to regularly scheduled coaching for success, per agency policy

  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Proficient computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment and adaptive skills to expand software application skills as necessary

  • Highly organized, yet flexible, and can handle multiple priorities/projects well; ability to manage tight deadlines

  • Ability to function well in a team environment

  • Ability to demonstrate project management, organizational, analytical, and presentation skills

  • Ability to respond promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve services

  • Resourceful in researching issues and developing solutions with minimal supervision

  • Excellent interpersonal and effective communications skills (verbal, written, effective documentation, listening)

  • Demonstrated ability to build professional relationships

  • Demonstrated problem-solving techniques

  • Ability to coach, manage and develop team members

  • Ability to exercise discretion and ensure confidentiality


  • Do the Right Thing | We serve the best interest of our clients and staff. We act mindfully and responsibly, honoring our commitments. We’re willing to challenge the status quo.

  • Fully Contribute | We bring our presence, passion, and ideas to every interaction, and we respect differing views and backgrounds so that others can do the same.

  • Empower One Another | We collaborate with, care for, and encourage each other toward greater impact, treating everyone with dignity and respect

  • Turn Hope into Action | We believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. We advocate for those in need and do what it takes to build a better future for all.

  • Seek Impact Every Day | We make things happen, and make them count. We leverage all our resources and make data-informed decisions for maximum, sustainable results.

  • Always Keep Improving | We pursue excellence in an atmosphere of innovation. We embrace change, take prudent risks, learn from failure, and recognize success.

We Invest In You

  • Tuition reimbursement up to $2500 per year

  • Up to 4 weeks paid Vacation Days; up to 6 paid Personal Days and up to 5 paid Sick days annually

  • Medical, dental, vision, 403b Retirement, flexible spending accounts, health savings account, and short-term disability options

  • Agency paid life up to $50K based on salary

  • Voluntary Supplemental Life for Employee, Spouse, and Child(ren)

  • Voluntary Legal Plans

  • Agency paid long term after 1 year of employment

  • Career ladders, professional development, and promotion opportunities

  • Free LCSW and LCPC Supervision hours available in some locations

A Different Kind Of Employer One Hope United is strong and ready to grow. Are you ready to grow with us?

  • 800 talented professionals strong, serving 10,000 children and families in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida

  • Fiscally stable, $50 Million agency-- strong since 1895

  • Energetic leadership and a rich community of support

One Hope United does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. One Hope United is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.

Related Key Words: CWEL, Child Welfare Licensure, Case Manager, BSW, MSW, Human Services, Therapy