Home Study Specialist (Full-Time)

Title:  Home Study Specialist (Full-Time)

Reports to:  Coordinator of Recruitment

Department: Foster Care Programs            

Location:  Decatur, GA


Position Summary:


UMCH is seeking a detail-oriented, energetic, and compassionate Home Study Specialist.  The Foster Home Writer is a full-time position, directly accountable to the Coordinator of Foster Care Recruitment.  This position is directly responsible for completing all aspects of writing home studies, which includes, but is not limited to a minimum of three (3) home visits, prudently assessing the appropriateness of the home environment according to specified criteria, interviewing the prospective foster parents and their children according to prescribed guidelines, making sure the home is in compliance with UMCH standards,  ensuring all required documentation is processed during the foster parent approval process, meeting deadlines, interpreting the information gathered, and writing a complete, quality home study in a timely manner.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • To be a viable team member by investing in all activities and functions of the agency’s services.
  • To participate in conferences and other training opportunities when requested by the Program Director and to make use of professional consultation by learning from the experience and knowledge of others.
  • To operate in an organized manner consistent with reasonable economy, and to keep the Program Director aware of the full range and expected needs of potential foster parents in order that priorities can be determined.
  • To meet deadlines on compliance standards of approving foster parents’ records including RCC, DHS, and COA regulations.
  • To participate in outcome planning for foster care and to maintain data to support outcomes.
  • To understand and practice the use of appropriate confidentiality.
  • To follow agency personnel and program policy.
  • To be a positive factor in public relations by representing the agency well in contact with visitors and people from the community.
  • To be involved in the activities of the agency’s quality assurance program.
  • To maintain an expert-level understanding of the foster care/child welfare system.
  • As a member of the foster care team, to participate in assignments such as on-call rotation, which involves placing children and providing foster parent support.
  • To manage a caseload of potential applicants and coordinate home visits with potential families and children.
  • To participate in or facilitate other activities as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Foster Care Director.


  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in human services or related field.
  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience of working with children and families in child welfare.
  • Own, drive, and maintain an automobile in good working condition, receiving a reimbursement for agency for mileage.
  • Understand this job will require some evening and weekend hours of employment.
  • Be computer literate, including word processing and excel spread sheets
  • Be organized and detailed- oriented.
  • Possess and demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills. Graduate level grammar, usage, and spelling; writing style, and presentation are minimum expectations. Finished products must be prepared and presented without mechanical errors or omissions of prescribed criteria in a timely manner.
  • Have sound decision making skills and good judgment
  • Agree to support the agency’s mission statement, organizational values and beliefs, and its quality assurance plan.


  Preferred Skills and Experience:


  • IMPACT certified
  • Superior writing skills, originality, ability to work independently, and self-promotion abilities
  • Must be able to work effectively under time constraints and potentially changing priorities, while maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
  • Self-directed, detail oriented, problem-solver who is effective in creating structure in a challenging environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, often under time pressures
  • Demonstrated team player.
  • Balanced approach to work
  • Microsoft Office–superior proficiency and experience in working with Outlook, Word, and Excel


Compensation and Benefits:


United Methodist Children’s Home offers competitive compensation and includes a retirement plan and expense reimbursement program.


Work Environment:


This position is located Decatur, Georgia, and the work is conducted in an office setting as well as in the field.  Fast-paced, working with vulnerable clients. The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule which will include evenings and weekends is required. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds


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