ACCEPTED CORPS MEMBERS
We currently place Corps members in preventive care, residential care, and foster care agencies throughout New York City’s five boroughs, in addition to Westchester County.
When placing Corps members, we take several factors into consideration: your program and location preference, your expertise and professional development needs, in conjunction with the agency’s needs. We will consider your preferences but cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requests. Once accepted into the Children’s Corps program, Corps members should be prepared to work at any agency they are placed in.
We strive to guarantee every Corps member a placement. However, it is possible that due to unanticipated factors such as budgetary constraints on our agency partners, placement may be in a different agency than originally assigned.
Children’s Corps members are expected to secure their own housing arrangements. Many Corps members meet with one another before and during the Children’s Corps Training Academy and connect with those who are seeking housing as well. Upon acceptance, you can work with staff members and other incoming Corps members to find housing.
Having a driver’s license is not mandatory but can be useful. Depending on where you are placed, you may be asked to transport children and families to and from various destinations.
Corps members begin with the Children’s Corps Training Academy, which starts in January (for the winter cycle) or late June/early July (for the summer cycle). Members will begin employment soon after they complete the pre-service training. Officially, the two-year commitment begins the day the members start work at their placement agency and ends two years after.
No. Children’s Corps members make a two-year commitment to the children and families they serve, the program, the provider agencies, and their colleagues.
Children’s Corps members are expected to commit full-time to the two-year placement. Due to the intensive nature of the work, Corps members are not encouraged to attend graduate school or engage in any other part-time job.
You certainly can! This may allow the opportunity for promotion, salary increases, and job security.
We hope so! Upon completion of the 2 years, we will hold a celebratory event. You will then become part of the Children’s Corps Alumni Association, a rich and growing network.
Training & Support
The Children’s Corps Training Academy takes place in New York City. Due to COVID-19, our pre-service training will be held virtually. That being said, Corps members will need to be in New York City for in-person shadowing.
Children’s Corps provides comprehensive training and support throughout your two year commitment.
- Agency visit: Before the Pre-Service Training, Corps members will visit their respective agencies, where they will meet the supervisors, administrators, and staff with whom they will be working. They will be given an orientation and receive documentation to familiarize them with the agency’s policies, procedures, and values. Fingerprinting and additional screenings will take place at this time. This may occur during Pre-Service Training, depending upon the agency.
- Children’s Corps Training Academy: We conduct a four-week intensive pre-service training in New York City, that addresses the theoretical and best-practice models of child welfare. Due to COVID-19, the Children’s Corps Training Academy will be held virtually, with the exception of in-person shadowing days.
- Ongoing coaching, mentoring, and professional development: Throughout the two year commitment, Children’s Corps members receive ongoing support from FCFC staff, their CC peers and professional mentors. FCFC staff are available to provide one-on-one support as needed and group support on a monthly basis at Children’s Corps meetings.
Yes. Given Children’s Corps’ mission of preparing members to be effective caseworkers, members must attend the entire four weeks of training. Corps members who experience an unforeseen personal or family emergency during training must work with FCFC staff to find a suitable solution.
Children’s Corps does not pay for relocation or housing expenses.
At the present time Children’s Corps is not able to assist with student loans, future educational expenses, loan cancellation or loan forgiveness. Due to the nature of the work, some loan providers may offer partial/full loan cancellation if you stay in your position for a specified time period. Please speak with your loan providers for specific information. There is also the possibility that the agency you’re placed at may offer tuition reimbursement or other forms of support around educational expenses; please speak with your agency’s Human Resources Department, once placed.
At this time Children’s Corps is not able to provide any stipends or reimbursements for the participation in the Training Academy. W do provide a monthly metro card. We understand that managing this transition requires careful and proactive financial planning for many candidates, however, as many of our current members and alumni will tell you, it is possible to plan accordingly.
Salaries vary by agency. For those with a Bachelor’s Degree, salaries range from $36,000 to $45,000. For those with an MSW/MHC and related Master’s Degrees*, salaries range from $46,000 to $56,000. Corps members are paid directly by the agencies for which they work and receive the same salaries, health coverage, and retirement benefits as other employees in the same position at their agencies.
*Please contact FCFC staff, if you are unsure if your Master’s Degree is a related degree.