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

Family Support Specialist (Casemanager)

Reports to:  Family Support Program Coordinator

Provide supportive in home services for to up to 25 foster or kinship families as referred through the mentor program, kinship navigators, or DCYF. Work in collaboration with DCYF to assess family functioning, make referrals as needed, and promote safety, permanency planning, and well-being for families caring for youth placed in foster care. Provide guidance toward licensing for kinship families and assist with referrals to resources that support stabilization of placement.

Family Support Specialist tasks:

  • Manage a caseload of 25 foster/kinship families for up to 6 months, apply for extensions as needed
  • Provide services that are strength based and family focused
  • Provide family assessment of strengths and needs (TOP Assessment or other tool)
  • Provide information to the family on resources in the community
  • Assist the family to coordinate needs regarding school enrollment, day care, visitation issues, or respite
  • Work in collaboration with DCYF to refer for extended clinical services as needed
  • Help the family to engage in peer based support groups offered
  • Engage in family finding activities toward supporting family and youth in care
  • Support kinship and foster families in working with biological parents toward goal of reunification, guardianship, or adoption when reunification does not occur.
  • Attend family team meetings or facilitate meetings to ensure communication of case planning and permanency
  • Ensure that foster parents, kinship parents, youth, and biological parents have a voice in case planning
  • Provide adequate notice of termination of services and follow up
  • Assist in quarterly trainings/or facilitate training quarterly on “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma”   


Administrative tasks:

  • Document all activities, conversations, and meetings held with families in ETO in a timely manner
  • Provide documentation to Program Coordinator for quarterly reports
  • Refer children, and youth to Foster Forward CYS programs and follow up on participation
  • Use facebook, and social media including website to communicate upcoming events and programs
  • Manage your calendar and caseload within the 40 hour work week, with flexible hours as needed.


General responsibilities:

    • Maintain positive relationships with potential foster families, mentors, and colleagues toward effective retention of foster and kinship families
    • Work collaboratively as part of a team and maintain communication to support the vision and mission of Foster Forward and to preserve the reputation and perception of the organization to consumers, community agencies, colleagues, stakeholders etc. in all interactions 
      • Assist in general retention activities including but not limited to; Holiday Gifts Campaign, Halloween Costume Distribution, and Annual Foster Parent Appreciation events
      • Practice in a culturally sensitive manner and with accordance to ethical standards
      • Follow HIPPA standards for all communications
      • Work closely with supervisor to address needs, skills-development, and issues as they pertain to work environment, duties, and standards of care
      • Other duties as assigned


Skills and Qualifications:

Required: BSW or other related degree; experience working with families with a trauma informed framework, and knowledge or experience working in child welfare.

Own a vehicle and able to transport families; good verbal and written communication skills; well organized; ability to prioritize and multi-task; Bi-lingual preferred.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:


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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