Careers

Our Mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Sierra Forever Families is a private non-profit foster family/adoption agency that focuses on finding and sustaining permanency for children and youth in the foster care system and provides an array of other community-based services to families and children.

Check out our current employment opportunities below.

Youth Permanency Social Worker - Sacramento, CA

We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic and passionate professional for a full-time position as a Youth Permanency Worker for the Destination Family program in our Sacramento office.

Position Summary

The Youth Permanency Social Worker is child focused and will identify, assess, and recruit families for children. This unique position entails working directly with the county social worker as a collaborative partner and with youth in foster care, ages 1 to 18 that are in need of permanency.  This is a specialized program that focuses on youth with one or more barriers to permanency:  sibling sets of two or more, previous failed adoptions, children with special medical or mental health needs. The goal is to recruit, assess, and match families to meet the needs of the children and place in adoptive homes within 12-18 months of referral.  The ideal candidate enjoys working collaboratively, creatively, and is confident working in a multi-level child welfare system. Is a strong advocate for children in need of permanence with a deep conviction and belief that all children are adoptable.

In addition to recruiting for families, the Youth Permanency Social Worker is responsible for case mining for past connections and/or family, engaging and supporting healthy relationships.

Qualifications

  • Five years of social work experience along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) or a related field
  • Commitment to finding permanency for foster youth
  • Social work experience in foster care and special needs adoption preferred
  • Knowledge of child welfare, adoption, and foster care regulations
  • Excellent family assessment skills; ability to identify problematic areas and problem-solve
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Outstanding customer service skills; empathic, personal, and friendly
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other team members, county child welfare agencies, and community resource agencies
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and detail oriented
  • Highly motivated team player who can also work independently
  • Proficiency with computer technology
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as the job necessitates
  • Cultural competence to work with diverse populations
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Sacramento, California

To Apply:  E-mail resume (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) and cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experiences and how they fit the needs of the position, along with salary requirements, to jobs@sierraff.org

 

Date Opened: 09/08/17

Clinician - Sacramento, CA

We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic and passionate licensed therapist for a full-time position in our Sacramento office.

Position Summary

The Clinician is a member of the Therapeutic Support Services team providing strength-based in-home and community-based services to children and families involved in the child welfare system. The primary focus is to stabilize and secure permanency for families and children, to stabilize placement for children in the foster care system, and to support a lifelong, secure, and permanent family connection as expediently as possible so that no youth will age out of foster care without a permanent family connection. Responsibilities include EPSDT Medi-Cal billing, assessments, treatment plans, CANS and other documentation requirements. The position will require a mental health aspect: with a focus on relational, attachment, and trauma-informed practices.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) or Master’s Degree in a related field
  • Registered with BBS, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) preferred
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal EPSDT billing and documentation — preferably AVATAR experience
  • A permanency focus with foster youth is expected as this is Sierra’s mission
  • Familiar with the effects of trauma, grief and loss and youth development
  • Experience working with children and youth in foster care
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues and community resources
  • Social work experience in foster care and special needs adoption preferred
  • Knowledge of child welfare, adoption, and foster care regulations
  • Strong practical and theoretical foundation in strength-based practices
  • Knowledge of wrap around and community-based program principles
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other team members, county child welfare agencies, and community resource agencies
  • Proficiency with computer technology
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as the job necessitates
  • Cultural competence to work with diverse populations
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of vehicle insurance and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Sacramento, California
To Apply:  E-mail resume (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) and cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experiences and how they fit the needs of the position, along with salary requirements, to jobs@sierraff.org

Date Opened: 09/20/17

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