Family Support Specialist

Extraordinary Families

221 N. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles , CA 90004
United States

Job Category


Job Description

The Family Support Specialist plays a vital role in preventing home disruptions and ensuring stability for our children and youth in foster care. This position works alongside foster care social workers to provide in-home clinical intervention with resource (foster) families.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- Provide support, practical tools, and education to resource (foster) parents to help them manage the challenges of caring for foster children/youth and to ensure stability for the children/youth in their care.
- Reinforce and support the role of resource (foster) parents to support reunification with birth families as ordered by the court. When reunification is not possible, provide guidance to resource (foster) parents during and after the adoption process.
- Facilitate monthly support groups for current and prospective parents, identifying topics of discussion and addressing areas of concern. In collaboration with their foster care social worker, individually follow up with families to address ongoing concerns.
- Coordinate with agency foster care social workers to identify needs and strategies pertaining to adjustment, behavior, and understanding of permanency plan.
- 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.
- Assist families to maintain a safe home environment that contributes to child/youth well-being.
- Carry a varying foster care case load, depending on intensity of services required by families – from crisis intervention to ongoing support of families.
- Other duties as assigned.


- Minimum 2 years experience working in child welfare and foster children/youth. Strong understanding of a foster family agency and adoption requirements strongly desired.
- Minimum 2 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.
- BBS license eligible with registered intern number; Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist preferred.
- SAFE certified strongly preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of Title 22 regulations and Continuum of Care Reform requirements.
- Experience in leading educational and support groups associated with trauma-informed parenting, grief and loss, etc.
- 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, TB test, and LiveScan background check.
- Position requires some local travel; must have reliable transportation and valid automobile insurance.

How to Apply

Contact by email: