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Placement Coordinator for Foster Care

Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

The Placement Coordinator for Foster Care will engage collaboratively with the Children and Family Services Unit and foster care team in order to provide essential support services to LIRS local partner agencies, including the provision of technical assistance to foster care staff and federal foster care stakeholders. The role will coordinate referral assurance and placement of unaccompanied children in federal custody to affiliate, as well as, provide ongoing support of migrant and refugee care through technical assistance, integration of child welfare best practices and standards, and ongoing communication.


Key Areas of Responsibility


  • Oversees placements of children into national Unaccompanied Children (UC) and URM program network.
  • Work with federal filed staff and contracted staff to review placement referrals for LTFC and URM
  • Manage capacity of the LTFC network and works with partner agencies to ensure programs operate at 90% capacity or above
  • Responsible for knowing current capacity of national network for placement availability. Requires capturing, organizing, and analyzing significant data around openings, budgeted capacity, placement types and trends, capacity challenges, language and cultural appropriateness, and special services.
  • Liaises and advocates with key federal and NGO partners on special case concerns, systemic issues and trends
  • Remains knowledgeable of complex mental health/trauma, medical, safety, and juvenile justice issues that impact children who are referred for foster care.
  • Ensures program compliance with contractual and reporting requirements with regards to placement and arrival of cases.
  • Assists with required reports to funders.
  • Assist with assuring foster care placements for migrant youth to partner networks.
  • Accompany fellow Children and Family Services staff on annual site visits to provide technical assistance during training of partner network.
  • Coordinates with governmental affiliates, LIRS partner agencies, and internal staff in the acceptance of referrals and placements of migrant youth.
  • Maintain and organize collaborative peer to peer information resources to include webpages and data records.
  • Provide support for projects that impact all programs across the network of foster care partners.
  • Assists with the creation of reports and documents, such as those that reflect trends in practice.
  • Coordinates regular communication activities with the foster care network to include calls, newsletters, and other distribution list. 



Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree required (social work or a related field strongly preferred) in combination with 2 years work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with stakeholders and partners.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to multi-task, and work well under pressure.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking/problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with data entry, data management, and/or use of data management tools or software.
  • Demonstrated research skills experience.
  • Cross-cultural experience and cultural competency related to issues of diversity.
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship to colleagues and partners

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $55 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of affiliates.

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