YMCA of Greater Seattle

Foster Home Developer and Trainer

2 weeks ago
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
Family Services & Mental Health
2100 24th Ave S


Who are we?

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 10 swimming pools
  • More than 200 program sites

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.


If this sounds like an organization you'd like to work for, read on!


What you’ll be doing…


The Y is seeking a dedicated individual for the position of Foster Home Developer and Trainer. You will assist in recruitment, orientation and training of foster parents.  You will ensure all foster parents meet or exceed the program standard of care model and provide ongoing support and monitor foster parent performance. 


Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you are passionate about serving the needs of the community and the needs of foster youth and foster parents. You pride yourself in your ability to build strong relationships and are flexible in your communication style.




  • Assists Foster Home Licensor with recruiting, screening, and assessing potential traditional and treatment foster parent applicants.
  • Assists Foster Home Licensor with completing initial orientation and training of new foster parents during and after the licensing process.
  • Provides ongoing training, mentorship, and support to ensure foster parents understand, meet, and exceed the Y’s foster care model and standards of care.
  • Provides foster parents with technical assistance regarding paperwork/documentation requirements and program requirements.
  • Assists foster parents in preparing for foster care rate assessments and developing exceptional cost plans for foster youth transitioning to Long Term or Extended Foster Care.
  • Supports foster parents through any DSHS inquiries and investigations.
  • Assists Foster Home Licensor and/or Permanency Program Manager with coordinating ongoing training for the foster care program and clinical staff.
  • Assists with planning and coordinating annual foster parent retreat, foster parent picnic, foster parent appreciation luncheon, foster parent business meetings, and other special events.
  • Builds a cohesive, effective team of high quality professional foster parents with allegiance to the program and its mission.
  • Supports the recovery model in helping foster parent’s partner with their teams, focus on strengths and gain client voice in their own treatment.
  • Other duties as assigned.



You should have:

  • High school diploma or high school equivalency course of study (GED/HSEC) required. Bachelor’s degree in social work, social services, or a closely related field from an accredited school preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. (WAC388-147-1475, DSHS/DLR requirement)
  • Knowledge of relevant Washington Administrative Codes (WACs).
  • 3 years experience as a Licensed Foster Parent, preferably providing therapeutic level of care.
  • 1-2 years experience providing training, coaching, and peer mentorship/support.
  • Ability to work in a team management approach.
  • Current state approved CPR/First Aid certifications required within 30 days of hire
  • Ability to visit current and prospective foster homes. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance may be required.)


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion and equity.  We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.




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