Jobs & Internships at Foster Forward

Foster Forward is a 501 (c) 3, private non-profit. Foster Forward is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap, disability or veteran status.


Employment Opportunities


Youth Support Specialist (Real Connections)

Reports To: Real Connections Program Coordinator


  • The goal of Real Connections is to ensure that all youth leave state care with positive, permanent adult connections and options for a successful future.
  • The role of the Youth Support Specialist is to identify adults from the youth’s own background and/or from the community that can become lifelong supports or mentor them during their transition to adulthood.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Interview and work with youth to map out their existing network of connections.

Work with interns to mine case records for additional information on potential adult connections.

Contact adults to assess their ability to engage with a youth.

Co-locate in the DCYF Regional offices to serve as a member of the Permanency Support Teams and to serve as a resource for DCYF staff related to issues of education and employment. 

Conduct mentor trainings with other members of the Real Connections team;

Conduct interviews with potential mentors and facilitate the background and reference checks.

Match youth with mentors and follow and support the mentor/mentee relationships to ensure the youth’s employment, education and permanency goals are met.

Help plan and schedule monthly mentor/mentee activities.

Facilitate opportunities for young people on the local level within their communities that provide access to education, housing, health care, asset building and transportation.

Participate in statewide efforts to collaborate and reduce duplication of effort to ensure that all youth are afforded access to the services and supports they need to succeed.

Keep case notes, collect data, and enter all required information in RICHIST and in the in-house data management system.

All other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience:

Candidates should possess a minimum of a BSW or related degree, knowledge of the foster care system, and proven experience relating to children and adults from a variety of backgrounds. Candidates should also have an attention to detail. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends to accommodate participant schedules.  The position requires travel, must have access to reliable transportation.  BCI and fingerprint check is required.

Send Resumes and Cover Letter by May 19, 2017 to Kate Bronner at or to 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914.


Classroom Instructor -Transitional Education Program (Youth Engagement Specialist)

Reports to: Youth Services Coordinator


 The goal of the Transitional Education Program is to prepare young people, ages 16-21 who are in Rhode Island DCYF out-of-home care or who participate in the YESS Aftercare program, for a successful transition to adulthood. The role of the Youth Engagement Specialist is to work as a part of a transition support team to assess all youth referred from the Department of Children, Youth and Families for services. The Youth Engagement Specialist is responsible for utilizing identified assessment tools and resource kits for helping youth identify strengths and areas for growth and development. As part of the transition support team, the Youth Engagement Specialist will convey any assessment results with the youth and his/her/zer team. The Youth Engagement Specialist will also provide classroom based and experiential learning opportunities as needed to youth, based on their assessment needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Retrieve referral from DCYF system.
  • Locate and connect with youth, providers, and DCYF staff to schedule assessment.
  • Travel to various locations throughout the state (and areas of Massachusetts) to conduct assessments/teach classes.
  • Conduct needs assessment with youth as a starting point for a conversation about areas of needed support for the youth.
  • Communicate effectively with the DCYF staff, community providers, and resource families to conduct assessment and report results for transition planning purposes.
  • Ensure effective communication loop with appropriate partners to ensure that if a youth declines services or is struggling to achieve his/her/zer goals all parties are able to support the young person.
  • Schedule and teach educational classes utilizing identified curricula and pre/post assessments. 
  • Help connect youth with other Consolidated Youth Services programs to ensure maximization of services.
  • Connect foster families with teens to support services available through the Family Support Team.
  • Work as part of a team to offer other educational and/or health or behavioral health services for youth as needs are identified.
  • Utilize DCYF SACWIS system to retrieve referrals, input NYTD services, and assessment information.
  • Maintain all casefiles – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward and DCYF’s data systems.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.
  • Able to work late afternoon/evening hours/Sundays to teach classes and conduct assessments, according to the availability of the young people.
  • Other duties as required.


Required: Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience; Classroom management and teaching experience a plus; Experience relating to adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds; ability to work effectively with youth individually and in a group/classroom setting; attention to detail; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; adaptable; pass a criminal background check; flexible schedule; able to work weekends and reliable transportation.

Preferred: Knowledge of the foster care system.

Send Resume and Cover letter to: by Wednesday, April 5th. 

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities may be available in our Family Support program, for more information contact Lorette Dussault at 401.438.3900 x101. There may be opportunities in Development and Communications, as well; for more information contact Christina Jagolinzer at 401-438-3900, Ext. 128. 

Data, Policy & Evaluation


This intern will work with the ProgramEvaluation Coordinator to ensure Foster Forward is able to meet its obligations for delivering quality programs and services that improve the lives of youth in the fostercare system.


Under the supervision of the Program Evaluation Coordinator, the intern will help to further develop and utilize the SocialSolution’ssoftwareEfforts To Outcomes(ETO), to enable Foster Forward to track and measure it’s work. The Intern will also help perform quality assurance and assist with maintaining funding deliverables. He/she/ze will learn how to build and run reports to support program staff, as well as help the Foster Forward leadership use data to drive policy.



     Develop proficiency with Foster Forward’s database, particularly with back end functions to assist Coordinator in supporting program staff and leadership decision making.

     Support program coordinators in understanding data input and building/running queries to respond to their needs.

     Build dashboard report for board of directors and regularly maintain.

     Perform quality assurance through data cleaning on entry and exits.

     Help maintain grant deliverables through creation of dashboard outcome reports for each program.

     Assist Program Evaluation Coordinator with monitoring progress toward outcomes and output deliverables, reviewing regularly with front-line and program managers.

     Respond to report and data requests from staff.

     Compile quarterly reports for state and federal contracts.

     Work with senior team and Program Evaluation Coordinator to use data to draft policy and data briefs.


Proficient use of MicrosoftOfficesuite:Word,Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes a plus, but not required. Other relational database experience also welcome. Must have interest in using data to drive decision making and policy.


Send resume and cover letter to Caitlin Divver at  



Interested in helping to teach Financial Literacy classes? Interested in helping to organize events and door openers to improve access to community opportunities for youth in foster care? Interested in helping to organize and conduct youth leadership trainings? Then ASPIRE might be the internship for you. This opportunity is best suited for Junior year (8 hours per week) interns. To learn more about ASPIRE or internship opportunities contact Victoria Ferrara at 401.438.3900 x105. 

Real Connections

The BSW/MSW intern in Real Connections will participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Support Program Manager in recruiting, training and supporting both community mentors and mentors already known to youth
  • Attend Eco-mapping training with the Child Welfare Institute and work on four eco-mapping cases throughout the year.
  • Record Mine case records and other data to develop a full picture of a youth’s potential existing positive adult resources
  • Provide support to the Real Connections staff in identifying contact information for adults identified
  • Coordinate and Facilitate mentor workshops
Program Development
  • Attend weekly team meetings with Real Connections team to further develop, refine and improve program
  • Take the lead on at least one key project related to program development, with the support of Real Connections staff
  • Participate in program measurement and evaluation
Skills Required
  • Proven ability to connect with youth and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. 
  • Experience developing positive connections with teenagers
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility: Evening/weekend/workday availability
  • Own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Understanding of the issues facing older youth in care
  • A belief in the program’s mission, goals and strategies

To learn more about social work internships, please contact Kate Bronner at or 401.438.3900 x108

*****NOTE there is a difference between the BSW and MSW internships and will be further discussed in the interview.

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