YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Foster Care Family Home Study Writer

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    # of Openings
    Association Office
    Family Services & Mental Health
    909 4th Avenue
  • Overview

    Who are we?

    At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people 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 to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.


    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.



    The Y is seeking qualified and dedicated individual for the position of Foster Care Family Home Study Writer.  The Home Study Writer’s responsibilities will focus on completing home assessments and writing home studies for prospective foster and adoptive families following compliance standards set by DCYF/DLR and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  The number of assignments will vary based on the need and incoming home study referrals for prospective foster & adoptive families.



    1. Implement the directives of the Foster Care Licensing Manager in the areas of screening and assessment.
    2. Follow approved home study process for interviews, home study writing, and editing.
    3. Adhere to established timelines, and proactively communicate if there are any changes.
    4. Initiate consultation to discuss any questions or concerns about a family.
    5. Be available as needed to discuss questions, progress, edit/sign documents and for weekly one-on-one check-ins with the Foster Care Licensing Manager over the phone or in person.
    6. Schedule visits in early mornings, daytime, evenings and weekends in order to accommodate the families’ schedules. (Families will be assigned based on the Home Study Writer’s availability.)
    7. Present YMCA licensing and service delivery in a friendly, supportive, professional and informative manner. Be up to date on relevant Washington Administrative Codes.
    8. Keep professional boundaries during sensitive conversations with applicants from various cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.
    9. Special projects as assigned.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    This job operates primarily in the homes of prospective foster care and adoptive families.  Also operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.



    This is a part-time, on call position with varying work hours.



    Travel is primarily local (King County, South Snohomish County, North Pierce County) during the business day.


    1. Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field; or 4 years of relevant full-time experience serving children may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree with DLR administrative approval
    2. Minimum of 21 years of age (WAC388-147-1475, DSHS/DLR requirement)
    3. Knowledge of or willingness to learn relevant Washington Administrative Codes (WACs 388-148).
    4. Ability to work in a team management approach.
    5. Current state approved CPR, first aid certifications required within 30 days of hire.
    6. Ability to visit current and prospective foster homes. (Proof of valid driver’s license and adequate vehicle insurance required.)
    7. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
    8. Knowledge of standard office equipment such as phone system, copier, fax.
    9. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
    10. Ability to compose and produce professional looking documents.



    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Two or more years of experience in foster care field preferred. Experience in recruitment and licensing preferred. 
    • Two or more years of experience in marketing and/or community outreach preferred.
    • Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

    The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.




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