By: Katy Corona On: September 01, 2021 In: Comments: 0
Extraordinary Families Published: September 1, 2021
Los Angeles, United States
Job Type


Job Title Family Support Specialist FLSA Status Exempt Reports to Director of Programs Salary Grade SW5



Extraordinary Families (EF) is a leading child welfare organization whose mission is to help children and youth in foster care to have the childhoods and futures they rightfully deserve. Our vision is that every child, youth, and family involved in child welfare will have the ability to achieve their hopes, fulfill their dreams, and thrive. Rooted in our values of empathy, integrity, collaboration, justice, and dedication, our philosophy is to put children at the center of our work, considering their desires, values, and culture to achieve the best outcome. Since 1994, we have joined thousands of children, youth, and families in safe and loving homes either temporarily while they are in foster care, or permanently through adoption. Our work consists of four primary efforts along a continuum of care: 1) recruit, train, and support resource (foster) parents to care for children in the child welfare system, 2) join children with forever families through adoption, 3) support young adults with trauma and child welfare system histories as they transition to adulthood and 4) advocacy and public policy work. We take tremendous pride in our model to reduce childhood trauma, encourage safety and stability, and empower children and youth to thrive. Join our dynamic team and make a difference in the lives of children and youth in foster care!


Job Purpose

Provide in-home clinical intervention with resource (foster) families to prevent disruption and ensure stability for children and youth in foster care homes and after adoption.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Offer support, practical tools, and education to resource (foster) parents to manage the challenges of caring for foster children/youth and to ensure stability for the children/youth in their care.
  2. Reinforce and support the role of resource (foster) parents to support reunification with birth families as ordered by the court.
  3. When reunification is not possible, provide guidance to resource (foster) parents during and after the adoption process.
  4. Coordinate with agency foster care social workers to identify needs and strategies pertaining to adjustment, behavior, and understanding of permanency plan.
  5. Support prospective adoptive families by participating in adoptive matching, pre-placement steps, provision of education and support to prepare families for a child to join their home.
  6. Assist families to maintain a safe home environment that contributes to child/youth wellbeing.
  7. Facilitate bi-monthly (6x per year) support group for resource (foster) families
  8. Carry a varying foster care case load, depending on intensity of services required by families – from crisis intervention to ongoing support of families
  9. Other duties as assigned.



  • Masters in Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology, or Clinical Psychology required
  • BBS license eligible with registered intern number; Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist preferred
  • Minimum of two years post-graduate work experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and application of child development, attachment theory, and family systems theory, grief and loss
  • SAFE certified strongly preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of Title 22 regulations and Continuum of Care Reform requirements
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to express concepts in a clear and compelling manner
  • Experience in leading educational and support groups associated with trauma-informed parenting, grief and loss, etc.
  • Exceptional clinical skills.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills
  • Position requires some local travel; must have reliable transportation and valid automobile insurance
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills with the ability to supervise, train and mentor staff as well as maintain partnerships with external organizations
  • Satisfactory health screen and satisfactory TB test
  • Satisfactory Live Scan background check
  • Understanding the requirements of a foster family agency and adoption strongly desired

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job had no supervisory responsibilities


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Able to work a flexible schedule that is responsive to resource (foster) family need, including possible after-hours crisis intervention
  • Generally sedentary indoor work in a variety of environments including office, vehicle, and resource (foster) parent homes; some walking, climbing stairs, etc.
  • Position requires local travel in Los Angeles County
  • Potential exposure to family pets during home visits


We are an equal opportunity employer; reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals.


Required Training Provided by Employer

  • New Hire Orientation
  • SAFE training
  • Mandated Reporter Training
  • CSEC Training
  • Other trainings as required by licensing and regulatory bodies


Employment Classification

  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Salary Range: $63,000-$67,000 per year
  • Work Schedule: Full-time


Office location: Extraordinary Families 221 N. Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004


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