Director of Foster Care & Adoption

Job Description:New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30 years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Director of Foster Care and Adoption.

RESPONSIBILITY: Has overall administrative and clinical responsibility for the Foster Care and Adoption Department, which includes: Intake, Homefinding, Special Medical Foster Care, and Treatment Family Foster Care.. Works collaboratively with NAC’s multidisciplinary team of social work, educational, clinical, medical and nursing professionals.


  1. Directly supervises the Assistant Director of Foster Care, the Director of Homefinding, the Director of Treatment Family Foster Care, one Senior Administrative Assistant and one Permanency Facilitator.
  2. Establishes policies and procedures to ensure the efficient functioning of the department, as well as compliance with agency, city, state and federal regulations.
  3. Ensures that permanency planning goals for children are achieved in a safe and timely manner.
  4. Acts as liaison to the agency attorney and remains current on legal and court issues affecting child welfare.
  5. Acts as liaison to the Administration for Children’s Services and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  6. Works collaboratively with Quality Assurance as well as the Data Resources Department to ensure proper tracking of census data, as well as quality and outcomes of agency interventions.
  7. Participates on internal committees and in meetings including foster care rounds, case reviews, incident review committee, training committee and others.
  8. Represents NAC at outside meetings with funders and membership agencies.
  9. Works with a team to promote foster parent recruitment in the community.
  10. Ensures that appropriate training is available and provided as required/needed to foster care staff.
  11. Has responsibility for 24-hour on-call duty on a rotating basis.
  12. Other duties as required.



  • LMSW required, LCSW preferred with a minimum of ten years post graduate work experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Minimum of five years recent supervisory and managerial experience in New York City foster care and adoption.
  • Must be knowledgeable about the child welfare system and be able to impart that to agency staff.
  • Strong managerial skills and the ability to provide leadership to a diverse team of professionals.
  • Knowledge of health-related factors in working with physically disabled and/or chronically ill children as well as experience in the area of child development.
  • Excellent clinical skills including strong diagnostic assessment skills.
  • Must operate from a strengths based, mission driven perspective, with a belief in the abilities of children to thrive, grow and develop to their fullest potential, utilizing innovative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Must work well with both foster parents and birth parents, promoting concurrent permanency planning.


  • Full-time, with some evenings and weekends, including 24-hour on-call duty on a rotating basis.

How to apply

Please specify position of interest when applying and submit resume to: New Alternatives for Children, Inc 15 West 26th Street, 8th floor New York, NY 10010 Fax: 212-994-3003.

NAC offers a salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.


New York, New York
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC)
Fax: 212-994-3003.
37 West 26th Street, 7th floor, New York, NY, 10010, US