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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.

Our Mission

We transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Foster Parent Liason –Auburn, CA

Position Summary

The Placer Kids Foster Parent Liaison will provide support to foster/adoptive parents; act as a liaison between the Placer County Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and Sierra social workers and the families. This person will facilitate foster parent support groups and act as the liaison for the Foster Adoptive Kinship Association. Provide facilitation and support for the Placer Kids recruitment and appreciation events, i.e. annual Adoption Day event. Facilitate bi-monthly foster parent certification training and monthly foster parent orientations. The liaison will develop and maintain positive relationships with foster parents and provide support, encouragement, psycho-education, coaching and referrals to assist families who are providing care for children and youth living in foster care in Placer County.

Qualifications

    • Experience as a foster/resource/adoptive parent
    • High School Diploma or GED required. Some college courses or degree preferred
    • Knowledge of, and ability to teach/coach others in, effective strategies to provide care for children and youth in foster care
    • Understanding of the affects of loss and grief, and child/youth development
    • Working knowledge of Placer County community resources
    • Understanding of family-centered and strength-based programs
    • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with foster/adoptive parents, county child welfare staff, community resource agencies, and other team members
    • Basic knowledge of child welfare
    • Outstanding customer service skills; empathic, personal, and friendly
    • 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 in computer technology
    • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as the job necessitates (support groups and trainings are held on nights and weekends)
    • Cultural competence to work with diverse populations
    • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance 250/500/100k and have access to reliable transportation
    • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Auburn, 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

Development Associate– Sacramento, CA

Position Summary

The Development Associate will assist and support with activities related to Sierra Forever Families’ annual giving program, including the stewardship and development of relations with former, current, and potential individual and corporate donors. Additional activities will include coordinating direct mail appeals, United Way outreach, and Champions for Children team recruitment and support. This position will also assist with donor recognition, events, utilization of the donor database system and assist the Director of Development with projects outlined in the Fund Development plan. As a member of the Fund Development team, this person plays a significant role in accomplishing the goals of the Fund Development Department.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or three years relevant experience
  • Experience in fund or business development with preference given for experience in cultivating gifts from the corporate sector
  • Effective communications: excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and motivate volunteers
  • Persistent and solution oriented
  • Ability to make sound judgments
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a collaborative team
  • Thrive in a fast paced environment; juggling priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Proficiency of computer applications (Microsoft Office 2010 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as database applications such as Donor Perfect)
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as the job necessitates
  • 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

Clinician– Nevada City, CA

Position Summary

The Clinician is a member of the interdisciplinary mental health team working with our Family Preservation, Therapeutic Support Services, and Destination Family programs. Strength based office, in-home, and community based services are provided to children and families who may be at risk of child abuse/neglect or those who already are 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. The Clinician is responsible to provide individual, group, and family therapy to our foster, birth, and/or adoptive families. The clinician is an important member of the interdisciplinary team and will coordinate and participate in in-home services with other programs and mental health professionals. Responsibilities include participation in the development and monitoring of treatment plans and documentation as well as EPSDT Medi-Cal billing and documentation.

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 (MFT) preferred
  • Knowledge of Medi-Cal (EPSDT) billing and procedures required
  • Experienced therapist with a knowledge in family systems and evidence-based practices such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dyadic Development Psychology (DDP), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Ability to effectively engage youth and families in a therapeutic setting
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues and community resources
  • Knowledge of child welfare
  • 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 in 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 (250/500/100k) and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit to and pass health screen, TB test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances

Position Location: Nevada City, 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