The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), is seeking to enter into rate Agreements to conduct administrative review services for approximately fifty children and youth served by its Unaccompanied Refugee Minor programs in the state of Texas.
The URM Administrative Reviewer will coordinate and facilitate reviews of all minors 0 to 17 years of age placed in the care and custody of the Texas based URM foster care programs, in addition to youth 18-21 under certain circumstances. Upon entry into the URM program, each minor is required to have a written case plan developed to ensure he/she is provided with the care and protection consistent with his or her best interests and special needs. In addition, an administrative review is required to be conducted every six (6) months to determine the appropriateness of foster care placement; continued appropriateness and extent of compliance with the case plan, and the adequacy of services provided. The administrative review is required to be conducted by a qualified individual(s), who is not responsible for the case management of, or the delivery of services to the minor.
For each administrative review requested, the Reviewer(s) will receive a copy of the Administrative Case Review Forms and the minors’ case plans for the period under review. The Reviewer(s) will be responsible for reviewing the case plan, case notes, charts, etc. and conducting applicable in-person interviews.
The administrative review process will address the following:
Safety, permanency, and well-being of the minor
The appropriateness of placement;
The continued appropriateness and extent of compliance with the case plan; and
The adequacy of services provided for the youth.
Physical health and wellness
Social-emotional development and adjustment
Mental health functioning, including history of psychotropic medications
Foster care placement information and adjustment
Pre-independent living staffing
The Administrative Reviewer(s) will submit final reports to USCCB/MRS for approval within the required timeframe.
Schedule administrative reviews for a caseload of approximately 50 URM cases in assigned location on a minimum of a semi-annual basis;
Review minor case files and maintain schedule for all administrative reviews;
Coordinate participants for administrative review to include the minor, relatives of the minor, URM program staff, attorneys, and other key stakeholders;
Maintain communication with the assigned local URM agency regarding scheduling and to access case information as necessary;
Complete comprehensive reports for each administrative review completed and submit on-time to USCCB/MRS;
Contractor will be responsible for his or her own transportation to/from each administrative review.
Licensed professional with a minimum of five years of expertise in child welfare, social work, or related field;
Must have reliable transportation;
Must pass background check and child abuse/neglect check;
High level of organization and attention to detail;
Excellent child welfare assessment skills;
Excellent writing skills;
Ability to work independently;
Bilingual preferred (but not required).
Application Process: For consideration, please submit a cover letter that includes contract rate requirements*, resume, references, proof of education and copies of relevant licenses and/or specialized training certificates, and a writing sample via email to: URMreviewer@usccb.org. Application Deadline: December 31st, 2017
*Service rate provided must include all costs associated with the delivery of services, i.e. time, materials, payroll taxes, mileage, etc. All rate agreements will be based upon an all-inclusive per hour of service or per review rate only. A separate billable mileage rate and/or indirect cost rate will not be included in the rate agreement.
Any inquiries related to the position may also be submitted to the email address above in advance of the application deadline. All inquiries received prior to the application deadline will receive an email response. No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience
About U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - Migration and Refugee Services
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ department of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS/ORR) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (DOS/PRM) since the late 1970s to place unaccompanied refugee children in its network of community-bas...ed foster care programs, known as the URM (Unaccompanied Refugee Minor) Program.
The URM program is the only one of its kind in the world—unique in its fusion of child welfare and refugee protection by incorporating unaccompanied children into the United States’ existing child welfare framework through agencies with expertise in serving children and families with forced migration experiences. The URM program embodies the core ideals of U.S. domestic and foreign policies by offering protection to the most vulnerable and promoting the integration of unaccompanied children into local communities. URM programs follow the same state laws and regulations that govern domestic foster care. In addition, URM programs provide trauma-informed services specific to the needs of a foreign-born child who has encountered a forced migration experience, to include integration while preserving heritage, culture, religion, development of independent living skills, English language acquisition, educational needs and goals, and employment preparation.