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Licensing Specialist
Title:Licensing Specialist
Department:Childhelp Foster Family Agency of Michigan
Location:Madison Heights, MI

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at

About Childhelp Foster Family Agency in Michigan

In 2002, Childhelp opened the Foster Family Agency of Michigan (FFA MI) to meet one of the state's most pressing child welfare needs. In 2009 the facility became a fully licensed adoption agency as well. The Childhelp Foster Family and Adoption Agency of Michigan has successfully united children deserving of love, compassion and hope with families who are willing and capable of giving it to them. The agency actively recruits, certifies and trains foster and adoptive families throughout Southeast Michigan. Among the valuable continuum of care, Childhelp provides the following services: family and individual counseling, case management, free, on-going foster family training, foster family certification, and 24-hour support and crisis intervention.


Position Summary:
Responsible for the recruitment, certification, and retention of foster homes. This includes but is not limited to recruitment, orientation and training, home studies, record maintenance, and annual reassessments. Works closely with the foster care staff in maintaining Child Welfare certification standards.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Submits a recruitment plan identifying opportunities to promote foster parenting to the director on a quarterly basis
  • Reports quarterly on recruitment efforts, number of inquiry calls, orientation participants, and number of participants completing PRIDE training
  • Establishes a process to follow-up on inquiry calls and analyzes why callers become disinterested in the process
  • Establishes a schedule of orientations held at various locations based on need
  • Maintains accurate lists of potential foster parents, documenting progress and reporting status monthly to the director
  • Uses non-traditional methods to promote foster parenting
  • Licenses 10 homes per quarter, 30 per year
  • Offers PRIDE training bi-monthly at non-traditional times and places, working around potential foster parent schedules, which could include offering weekend classes
  • Reports weekly to the director the status of foster homes in process
  • Licensure completed in three months from start to finish, identifying barriers and solutions to expedite the process
  • Maintains Child Welfare Licensing standards
  • Identifies training needs and develops a training schedule monthly that is distributed to foster parents
  • Identifies outside training opportunities and shares information with foster parents
  • Ensures opportunities for obtaining training and maintaining compliance for foster parents
  • Attends weekly meetings updating the team on special evaluations and offering interventions to maintain placements
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned

    Minimum Requirements:
     Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university equivalent to any of the following: Social Work, Psychology, Guidance & Counseling, Criminal Justice, or Sociology

    • 2 years experience in a human services organization
    • Child Welfare Institute Training specific to foster care and licensing
    • Certified PRIDE Trainer
    • Possess a valid Driver License
    • Must have reliable transportation to travel to and from the office and appointments throughout the day in both planned and unplanned circumstances
    • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
    • Ability to make good decisions with regard to client needs and compliance with policy and state licensing
    • Ability to problem solve and make decisions with minimal direction
    • Ability to multi task and meet deadlines
    • Possess good written and verbal skills
    • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience in recruitment and retention of foster homes
    • 2 years of experience in Foster Care Licensing Certification

    Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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