Licensing Specialist - Foster Care

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Licensing

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

MCHS offers a wealth of benefits for our employees including: generous paid holidays & time off, full benefits (100% of premiums covered by the employer; no cost to you), a wonderful 80 acre campus, tuition reimbursement, pension plan, and a dedication to growth & promotion from within.


The Licensing Specialist acts as an advocate for the agency’s foster parents and is responsible for the recruitment, certification, licensing, supervision and retention of foster homes for the agency’s Foster Care program; oversees and conducts foster parent orientation and training; conducts home evaluations and annual reassessments; and works closely with foster care staff in maintaining licensing standards.


To be successful a Licensing Specialist, must be able to do the following always:

  • Assess the ability of potential foster families to provide care to children and their ability to maintain compliance with foster home licensing rules; complete initial, annual, and renewal evaluations of prospective and currently licensed foster homes; investigate complaints that relate to the care of children in the foster home to ensure the home maintains compliance with licensing regulations.
  • Develop, maintain, and participate in the recruitment and development of families to take on children by providing initial orientation and ongoing training to prospective and current foster and adoptive parents.
  • Formulate case plans, write case reports, compete required legal documentation, and maintain case records within agency and DHS time frames and requirements; perform associated office work, such as compiling statistics, preparing reports, and maintaining files as necessary.
  • Represent the agency in court, accurately testify to the progress of cases; attend all required hearings and meetings pursuant to cases, clients, children, and families; make assessments and recommendations based on the best interest of the child.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human behavioral science such as Social Work or a related discipline where 25% of the course credits earned town the degree are in human behavioral sciences with one (1) to three (3) years’ experience in a social services agency.
  • Foster Care Licensing certification.
  • Child Welfare Training Institute (CWTI) training preferred.
  • Certified PRIDE trainer preferred.

The Knowledge of:

  • Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, etc.).
  • Principles and practices of casework, involving analysis of the physical, psychological and social factors contributing to maladjustment.
  • Foster home recruitment and retention processes.
  • Michigan Department of Human Services policies and procedures.

The Skills and Ability to:

  • Complete in-home licensing inspections which includes walk through of the home and inspections for licensing compliance and safety.
  • Manage time and multiple priorities, meet deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
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