Child Placement Agency

“It is very encouraging to see a strong community partner like City Ministries Child Placement Agency step up to get licensed and partner with the King County and DCYF to meet this very critical need-providing safe, nurturing homes for children in crisis.”

Kathy Lambert
King County Council Member, Dist 3

THE NEED

Churchome  launched its own foster care agency to help meet the needs of children in the State of Washington and in particular King County.

In Washington State, alone, there are more than 10,000 children currently in foster care – a 22% increase over the last two years. Statistics are projecting an even greater increase over the next five years.

Last year in Washington State, over 19,000 children needed a safe place to stay…they needed a foster home. While some of these children went back home or to live with relatives, thousands remained in care.

YOU CAN HELP BY

  • Opening your heart – pray for more foster parents, volunteers, and resources.

  • Opening your home – become a full or part time foster parent or respite provider.

  • Volunteering your time or professional services (RN, Dentists, MD, MSW, Licensed Counselors)

  • Becoming an agency volunteer (childcare, tutoring, mentoring, etc.)

  • Giving financially of your resources or in-kind donations.

 

We believe every child is a blessing from God and foster children need the love, safety and security of a permanent home and family.

Kristy & Ernesto 

Foster parenting has brought joy and fulfillment to our family. The children we have had in our home have blessed us and in turn I pray we have been a blessing to them. One of the most unexpected benefits of fostering has been what our children have received. They have learned to be compassionate, kind and loving to children from all walks of life. We have found that being a foster family is a way that we can be God’s hands and feet in a practical way.

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Kennesha & Larry 

As a respite care family, we are able to provide a reprieve to full time foster parents when they need a break. There is significant impact on the collective perspective of our entire family when we serve the community together in this way. We also find tremendous satisfaction in seeing children find a place in our family’s culture in such short periods of time.

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Michelle 

I am blessed to be a respite care provider for the foster children, which means I have the children for a 48-hour time span once a month. My two daughters and I have hosted children as young as 9 months to 13 years of age; we’ve enjoyed some of these children only for 1 month and some for 2 years once a month.  These weekends soon became the highlight of our month much like having extended family coming for an overnight visit but only better because seeing the children once per month we are witness to Jesus’ healing and transformation in these children their lives and their hope restored that Jesus has a future for them as He holds them in the palm of His hand.

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Nicole & Brian 

It’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade the fostering experience for anything.  Seeing growth and positive change in the children that come into our home is rewarding.  Their resilience and spirit is inspiring!  And as we have welcomed these kids in their time of need, our family has grown and been blessed in ways we couldn’t have anticipated.

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CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT WITH CMCPA

City Ministries CPA is a faith based private agency that is able to provide one-on-one extensive case management for all of our foster families. Case managers are the first point of contact for state social workers or anyone affiliated with the case. We provide wraparound services for all foster families and children in our care to ensure the safety, longevity, and well-being of our foster parents.

These services include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a liaison for foster parents and DCYF to access resources and resolves issues and concerns.
  • Available to provide support at all hours of the day, including crisis intervention.
  • A unified collaborative team that works to ensure the best case management for each child and family.
  • Advocate for the needs of foster families and children.
  • On staff MSW Case Manager with extensive experience to offer support, guidance, and resources.
  • Supervise visits with children and their biological parents upon social worker referral.
  • Provide on-time pass through payment of foster parent support $.

FOSTERING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 

Foster Parents Must:

  • Be at least twenty-one years old to apply.
  • Be shown to not have a disqualifying criminal history or founded history of child abuse and neglect.
  • Pass the state criminal background check.
  • Be able to prove regular source of income to meet your own family’s needs excluding current or future foster care payments.
  • Demonstrate you have the physical, mental and emotional stability suited to meet the needs of children in your care.
  • Complete both City Ministries and state application.
  • Complete Foster Parent Orientation and Caregiver Core Training.
  • Complete CPR/First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen Training.
  • Be free from Tuberculosis (TB).
  • Pass the licensing home inspection.
  • Have a completed Home Study.

After the Licensing Process, Your Home Should at Least:

  • Be free from hazards.
  • Have all guns and ammunition locked separately.
  • Have a fire extinguisher (ABC).
  • Maintain a water temperature of no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Have medications, vitamins and poisons locked.
  • Have smoke detectors, including rooms that will be used for fostering.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

-Monthly Children’s Activities– Help organize and lead interactive activities for children in Rose Hill Cottages Community.

-Visit Supervisor– Supervise visits between foster children and biological parents in community or office setting.

-Case Aide– Provide support and services to foster families and case worker based on needs of family.

 

STEPS TO VOLUNTEER:

-Fill out application form and return to office or email to info@citymin.org

-Face to face coffee meeting with CMCPA Assistant Director

-Training

City Ministries CPA is hiring! Please read the job description below and send your cover letter and resume to HR@citymin.org if you are interested in this position.

Visitation Supervisor I

I. POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under the direction of CMCPA Director, provide supervision and scheduling of child visits with case manager and serve as agency representative to biological family, CASA’s, social workers and any other parties to each child’s case during visit as needed or instructed by supervisor for City Ministries Child Placement Agency.

II. RESPONSIBILITIES

(1) Follow the child’s visit plan to coordinate and schedule visits as follows:
• Coordinate with Case Manager to set up visits.
• Develop a visit appointment calendar.
• Complete a visit report and submit to assigned case manager for review.
• Confirm any later scheduled visit if the client failed to attend the previous scheduled visit.
• Notify case manager of concerns involved in providing visits for the family.
• Remain impartial and objective always at visit.
• Be prepared to end visits for safety concerns.
• Staff individual cases if asked, with CMCPA team.

(2) Provide Transportation to Parent-Child Visits. If transportation is requested by DCYF, the
Contractor shall:

• Pick up the child at the child’s current residence or other agreed upon location;
• Transport the child to the scheduled visit;
• Return the child to an agreed upon location; and

(3) Provide visits as requested by DCYF at one of three levels of supervision, as follows:
• Supervised Visits – Direct Supervision (Highest level of supervision)
• Monitored Visits – Indirect Supervision (Next/second highest level of supervision)
• Unsupervised Visits (Least restrictive level of supervision)

(4) Follow all CMCPA policies & procedures with respect to visit supervision of visits, transportation and working with foster children. *Confidentiality

(5) Follow all policies as stipulated in CMCPA contract with DCYF Exhibit A (attached for employee reference). *Confidentiality of information & children’s privacy.

III. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret human service periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, mean, mode and median ability to interpret budgetary financial data.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee frequently lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions. Will be required to drive daily in and around King County for meetings and/or visits to residential facilities. Will work in varied residential environments based on assigned caseload.

IV. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Education/Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field and 2 years paid relevant visitation supervision experience
• Must have and maintain a valid Washington Driver’s License, maintain automobile insurance coverage and have access to an automobile.
• Proof of current CPR/First Aid training certification.
• Proof of current Blood borne Pathogen/HIV Aids training certification.
• Must be a member of Churchome or any of its affiliated network churches.

Skill at:

1. Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and follow through with assigned tasks to meet both internal and external deadlines.
2. Ability to interact in a mature and professional manner.
3. Willing to work evenings and weekends to accommodate families who are not available unable to meet during regular working hours.
4. Some travel is required; ability to drive to homes with the assigned geographical area. Drives not typically exceeding 1-1/2 hours.
5. Proficiency with MS Office Suite.
6. Dependable transportation with valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
7. Successful completion of application and background check process also required, including reference checks, criminal background check, Washington MVR, and credit check.

V. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Employees of City Ministries must comply with the policies, procedures, requirements and responsibilities set forth in the staff handbook and City Ministries’ other manuals and directives, as revised from time to time, including our Statement of Faith. These include, for example, attendance at the weekly staff meeting, lifestyle expectations and church attendance expectations.

Work Status: Hourly
Supervisor: Director of City Ministries Child Placement Agency
Staff Supervision: None

   Agency Phone Number: (425) 739-1191

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