Foster Care + Safe Families Intern

Job Description

The Role

What would you say you do here?

The FSF (Foster Safe Families) team exists to serve children and families in our community who are facing difficult situations. We believe God's love demonstrated through the Gospel compels us to respond with tangible acts of celebration (1 John 4:19). Because Jesus came to save and to serve, and because God adopted us into His family, we celebrate by responding to the needs of the orphan, widow, and marginalized (Gal 4:4-7, Jas 1:27). While the need is great (with around 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington state), we approach this work primarily as discipleship rather than recruiting.

Over the past several years we’ve been working to build a culture where caring for children and families is part of our normal rhythms at Reach; part of our heartbeat. Specifically, we seek to educate and to empower our community to be involved in this missional, life-giving work in a number of ways, including informational meetings and resources, volunteer service opportunities, as well as respite and foster care. We’ve also had the pleasure of coming alongside numerous agencies and other churches to address broader child welfare issues in our county and state. Now more than ever we believe that no matter one’s season in life--everyone can do something! Our passion is to help people find an excellent place to serve and to equip them along the way.

The Right Fit

What qualities does a person in this position bring to the table?  

Gifts and Abilities:

  • Passionate about Jesus, child welfare, and family preservation.
  • Curious and creative problem solver. Able to identify potential needs, ask questions, and contribute ideas. Can receive constructive feedback.
  • Can handle ambiguity and take courageous risks. As a growing ministry we often try things that haven’t been done before.
  • Effective written and oral communicator; able to adapt to audience.
  • Proven organizational and project management skills needed to assist with event planning and administrative logistics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent team player. Must be able to collaborate (speak confidently, disagree graciously, brainstorm effectively) and work independently.  

Experience & Education:

  • Preferred experience and/or study in social work, psychology, sociology, childhood development, or other related topic.
  • College aged or early post-grad aged.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Relentlessly hopeful! Understands the unique opportunity the Church has in meeting these needs.
  • Curious and active learner. Desire for growth; teachable.  
  • Brave and willing to be bold for the sake of this important work.
  • Live a lifestyle congruent with the biblical requirements for leaders.

Your Core Responsibilities

Ambassador and Culture Builder

  • Partner with the FSF leadership team to build an “everyone can do something” culture. Discipleship over recruiting; celebration over obligation.
  • Learn what the Bible says about caring for children and families. Learn what’s going on in our city, county, state, country. Learn about trauma-informed care, attachment, and other relevant issues.
  • Help find ways for our community to understand God’s heart for foster care and adoption (remove stigmas, barriers, misconceptions).
  • Practice opportunities to speak, write, and train others.
  • Attend monthly city-wide meetings to network with other organizations.  

Strategic Planner and Project Manager

  • Attend FSF leadership meetings and contribute to vision and planning.
  • Help build “drip” strategy, identifying and prioritizing on-ramps and opportunities for our community to serve.
  • In partnership with the FSF team, organize and execute educational, service, and discipleship opportunities. Own and drive assigned projects (meetings, events, volunteer opportunities).
  • Attend all scheduled events (we typically have 1 event every 1-2 months).

Communications Specialist

  • Drive communications strategy, including email and social media content.
  • Monitor FSF email as needed and respond in timely manner.

The Fine Print

Hours: The Foster Care + Safe Families Intern will work from 7:30AM to 12:30PM on Sunday mornings, and an additional 5-6 hours during the week including staff meetings, intern classes, and FSF-specific responsibilities. Due to the nature of our team’s work, much of our programming is event-based and requires more hours around scheduled events. Thus, some weeks will require little input, where others may require more.

Oversight: The Foster Care + Safe Families Intern will report to the FSF leadership team and more specifically, Mauren Vallerand.

Compensation: $1,000 total stipend for 8 months (see Program Overview below for details).

Length of Internship: September 2022 - April 2023.