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 Specialist - Works Wonders 

Reports To: Works Wonders Program Coordinator

Full-Time Position


Summary:  The Employment Specialist facilitates person centered career planning, assists with the development and creation of jobs that are consistent with individual career planning, and provides support to facilitate job/work obtainment and retention. This requires on-going outreach to new employers and the business community and facilitation of Rhode Island foster youth in supportive employment interventions. The person in this position will facilitate peer support and career development module-based classes, assist youth in achieving individual goals, and assist with the achievement of program objectives.


Responsibilities include: working with the Program Coordinator in the development of job/work experience, assist with the facilitation of works readiness classes, on-the-job training and support, the development of natural supports and providing other supports in accordance with individual needs including: service coordination and assistance with travel. The right candidate will have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with crisis intervention: ensure that the Works Wonders strategy for youth in and who have aged out of foster care provides a career pathway to employment, education, training and support services, and will possess reliable transportation and strong planning skills.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with Program Coordinator to ensure clients achieve outcomes and the overall goals of the program are obtained.
  • Manage multiple priorities simultaneously to ensure program goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Follows internal protocols for delivering services, including intake processes, development of individual plans, business development procedures, and participant outcome.
  • Interviews, advises, and guides a diverse population of clients to ascertain employability; interprets and explains regulations, rules, policies, and procedures to clients; may determine client eligibility for services; apprises clients of their rights, benefits, responsibilities, and obligations under program participation;
  • Work collaboratively with Program Coordinator and/or other E2 co-facilitators (adult and youth) to determine curriculum delivery and class management
  • Master the curriculum content in advance of delivery to ensure command of the content therein
  • Prepare for the delivery of the modules including securing supplies, technological supports and space
  • Support peer group interaction during the mutual support component of the sessions
  • Assesses client's education, work experience, skills, abilities, qualifications, and job interest; assesses client readiness for job referral, classroom training, on-the-job training, and/or support services; attempts to match clients with available employment, training, or other opportunities/services.
  • Works one-on-one with participants to develop goals and objectives in a personalized employment plan and to identify barriers and challenges to employability and job retention. Assists clients in finding and maintaining meaningful employment consistent with their goals.
  • Works closely providers and/or caregivers to provide communication about each client's progress in achieving his/her work goals.
  • Travels to clients’ employers and/or potential employers and other locations in the community; locations will vary, depending upon the needs of the individuals.
  • Meet regularly with client in their home setting or a location that is most convenient for them on a regular basis.
  • Prepares and maintains case files, records, reports, and forms accurately and completely, and keeps them up-to-date at all times.
  • Observes and records participant’s performance and work behaviors and completes required assessments/follow up reports.
  • Conducts Inventory Assessment for each client enrolled in the program.
  • All other duties as assigned.


Education and/or Experience:

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in social services/education/employment services or related field; 2 years of experience training/teaching in group setting; proven experience working with adolescents preferably youth in or who have aged out of the foster care system; established knowledge of employment and training programs to include interviewing techniques, vocational and employment related assessments and counseling and use of labor market information to connect participants to jobs; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; has a positive and constructive sense of humor; adaptable. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the inclusion of all individuals in the work place and the ability to support individuals in their efforts to become valued and productive employees. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends to accommodate participant schedules. The position requires travel, must have access to reliable transportation.  BCI and fingerprint check is required. 


Preferred: Knowledge of vocational or professional training techniques, familiarity with the RI Child Welfare System, youth development activities/programming, experienced with relational databases.


Send Resume and Cover Letter to Bernadette Tavares at by December 13th. 


Part-Time 1099 Sunday Classroom Instructor (Youth Engagement Specialist)

Life Skills Program 


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:

    • Able to work Sundays to teach classes.
    • Teach educational classes utilizing identified curricula and pre/post assessments. 
  • Communicate effectively with the DCYF staff, community providers, and resource families.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintain all casefiles – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward's data system.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.
  • 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: 

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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