Intercept Youth Services
  • Stafford, VA, USA
  • Full Time

Summary: The Foster Family Trainer recruits, tracks, trains, evaluates and approves treatment foster parents.

Education & Experience: A doctorate or master's degree in a field related to social work such as, but not limited to, sociology, psychology, special education, or counseling with at least one year of experience providing casework services to children and families in a child-placing agency; OR

A baccalaureate degree in social work or a field related to social work including, but not limited to sociology, psychology, special education, or counseling and one year of experience in providing casework services to children and families; OR

A baccalaureate degree in any field plus experience in the field of foster care or experience in working with behavioral programs, counseling, and/or skills training. A minimum of one year of program administration is highly desirable. Experience in marketing, business development, or public relations, with an emphasis on developing new territories, target markets, and/or customer bases highly preferred.

Essential duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.


  • Develop and implement the strategic marketing plan within assigned area to include outreach efforts in the community. Maintain expansive knowledge base of community and business development concepts.
  • Measure and evaluate the success of Intercept's Foster Family Recruitment Plan (FFRP) within assigned area.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential families, partnering agencies, and community contacts (serving on community boards, informing organizations of services, strengthening the interagency process in the service area, etc.) and to help identify the best quality care needed for Intercept clients.


  • Maintain foster parent certification quotas as determined by the Senior Director of Program Development each month.
  • Participate in the process of determining suitability of potential families for approval as treatment foster care parents.
  • Complete expeditiously all evaluations, background checks, references, interviews, home studies, and screenings of potential foster families to ensure world class foster care environments for Intercept clients.
  • Train foster parents, staff and families involved in foster treatment through a proactive process of assessment, goal-setting and ABC planning to address the client's emotional/behavioral problems to promote normal development.
  • Teach and assist in the implementation of initial base-lining/data keeping tasks with foster parents, and provide tracking instruments (STEP Charts, Daily Connection Logs, Daily Observation Charts, etc.)
  • Visit potential family homes to effectively evaluate home environments and parenting skills, and to provide naturalistic/informal counseling to families. Provide clear performance feedback to Teaching Parents in accordance with Intercept policies. Monitor and follow up on the family approval process by assessing and reporting progress to team weekly.
  • Provide regular evaluations of the recruiting/orientation/Parent Skills Training processes, and make program adjustments as necessary. Comply with any recommendations generated by licensing or funding entity audits.
  • Utilize available resources, consulting agency trainings, and practical experience to become a highly adept trainer of Parenting Skills Training curriculum.
  • Schedule and deliver Parenting Skills Training courses for Intercept Staff and Teaching Parents.
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