The Salvation Army

Foster Care Family Worker

Job ID
Social Services
with excellent benefits
Compensation Min
USD $39,000.00/Yr.
Compensation Max
USD $39,000.00/Yr.
Regular Full-Time


Position:  Foster Care Family Worker                                            

Department: The Salvation Army Children's Services

Availability of Position: Immediately

Schedule: Full-Time; 40 hours per week working Monday to Friday, some evenings and Saturdays required

Reporting Relationship: Placement Services Director               

Salary Grade: 10 Exempt


Function:              Oversee placement, follow-up and discharge services of foster children within The Salvation Army Children's Services Foster Care Program.  Must be flexible in scheduling work hours in order to meet the needs of the foster children and their families and the requirements of the position.


Description of Position:                    Developing Individual Service Plans and Progress Reports for all children in care at three-month intervals. Developing Initial Assessments with biological families based on the needs of their children.  Developing Strength/Needs-based plans with biological families.  Work directly with the foster parents on a variety of levels including providing continuing support to them in their care of the foster children and those attending the visit coaching program. Work with the foster child to support their relationship with the family of origin including supervising the child’s visits and/or provide visit coaching services with their family and supporting them in their work toward completion of Family Service Plan goals. Arrange for all necessary counseling, medical and education needs of foster children. Arrange all necessary family counseling and meetings regarding the needs of foster children.  Provide transportation to and from family visits as needed.  Prepare required progress reports throughout a foster child’s placement and for all children participating in the visit coaching program. Monitor the progress of foster children in their foster home placements and within the visit coaching program. Testify in court on behalf of the foster child and biological families’ progress within the visit coaching program. Reporting as needed to the placing County and Youth Agency. Participate in the on-call/ intake rotation schedule. Participate in Foster Care/ Parent Trainings.  Obtain training to enhance personal growth and skills related to working in the foster care/child welfare field. Further knowledge of Department of Public Welfare regulations as well as The Salvation Army Children's Services policies. Performs related foster care casework duties as assigned in order to meet the needs of the foster child which are deemed allowable under the Title IV-E regulations.


Minimum Qualifications:                Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field and a minimum of three years of experience working with children in Human Services field required. Valid driver’s license with safe driving record, reliable transportation and current automobile insurance. Flexibility in scheduling work hours is necessary and on-call duties are required. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, engagement skills, advocacy skills, organizational skills, computer skills and ability to work as a team member is critical.  Knowledge of Title 55 Regulations for provision of Foster Care and Adoption programs and services, including DPW and CYS standards desirable. Possess good verbal and written communication and analytical skills. Ability to communicate with diverse populations of teens, families, staff, and external CYS workers and licensing representatives.  As a Mandated Reporter, must provide proof of having completed training on recognizing and reporting child abuse meeting the training standards of PA Act 153 of 2014 within 30 days of employment with recurrent training required every three years thereafter. Meets the Child Protection Clearances required by PA Act 153 to include PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check. Must have an understanding of and appreciation for the Mission of The Salvation Army.


Contact:  Please send, fax or email your resume along with a cover letter including salary requirements to:

Susan Shotwell, Placement Services Director

425 Allentown Drive, Suite 1

Allentown, PA  18109

Fax:  (610) 821-8121


Or go to:


No phone calls please


Released by the Divisional Human Resources Department on November 13, 2017



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. 

Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ

and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

                                                                                                                                 Requisition No. 633_


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