TFC Specialist

St Louis, MO, US, 63130-1943

Good Shepherd Children & Family Services provides the highest quality foster care and treatment foster care, adoption, expectant parent counseling, maternity shelter, pregnancy services and advocacy. In response to the call of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, to help those in need, we connect children with families and keep families connected. 

Job Summary

Under the direction of the TFC Coordinator, the TFC Specialist coordinates services to children placed in Treatment Foster Care.  The specialist provides coaching to TFC families, oversees the treatment plan for children placed in the program and oversees the implementation of the treatment plans by the Treatment Foster Families and the clients placed in their home with a primary focus on treatment, stability, and permanency for the youth.  This position demonstrates a commitment to connecting children to families and keeping families connected and provides all services in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintains flexibility in work schedule in order to meet the needs of clients, including availability a minimum of two evenings per week.
  • Shares in after hours on-call responsibilities for Treatment Foster Care.
  • Complete an initial therapeutic bio-psycho-social assessment, risk and safety plan and documents diagnosis on each assigned client, as a component of the Intake Assessment, within contracted deadlines.
  • Complete Initial Treatment Plan by the 30th day of placement, ensuring input from involved team members.
  • Complete monthly Treatment Plan Review documentation, including progress update information, and ensure input from involved team members.
  • Prepare comprehensive transition planning throughout the program, and write discharge summaries that include transition process and recommendations within 30 days of discharge.
  • Provide a minimum of 1-hr weekly contact and support followed by written progress notes as appropriate on each assigned client and a minimum of twice monthly face to face contact in the treatment family home with each assigned client.
  • Ensure that documentation for therapeutic services provided is submitted within established time frames. Monthly packets and monthly progress notes are to be completed by the 5th day of the following month.
  • Participate in all appropriate Treatment Team Meetings by providing treatment review, input, perspective, recommendations and consultation. (e.g. Care Meetings, FSTs, TDMs)
  • Participate in transition and discharge planning for clients and provide transitional TFC services as required/requested.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or a closely related field required and one years of experience in child welfare; or a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Worker or a closely related field with at least three years’ experience in child welfare.
  • Working knowledge of community resources.  An understanding of family systems, the impact of abuse and neglect; substance abuse; mental illness; poverty; grief and loss; and trauma on children and their families.

Good Shepherd Children & Family Services does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. Good Shepherd Children & Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. 
Pre-Employment Screening 
All candidates receiving an employment offer must submit a pre-employment screening. The screenings will include criminal background check and other background checks (as needed), Family Care Safety Registration, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, and Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination. Various positions will require physical examination, Tuberculosis screening and Hepatitis A. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening. 

Our Mission

To bring the healing, help, and hope of Jesus Christ to those in need with a compassionate, caring presence.

Connecting children with families and keeping families connected by providing pregnancy and parenting support, foster care programs, and adoption services.


"Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6