Foster Care Clinician

Cayuga Centers is hiring immediately for a Foster Care Clinician

Location: Auburn, NY

Pay: $59,000 – 70,000/annually

Plus great benefits, including 3 weeks of vacation, 10 holidays, 3 personal days, sick time, 401K matching, Clinical Supervision toward licensure,training and opportunity for certification in trauma-informed, evidenced based/informed treatment models such as Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused-CBT (at no cost to you), hybrid remote working and more!

Join our team and make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in our community!

About Cayuga Centers

Cayuga Centers is an accredited non-profit, human services agency dedicated to family support and preservation, trauma-informed care, and serving vulnerable populations with the most unique needs.  Founded in 1852 in Auburn, NY, we have a long history of delivering high-quality and innovative services to individuals, children, youth and families. We have offices in 10 cities and serve over 10,000 individuals and families annually. Join us!

At Cayuga Centers, we embrace Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB). We do this by taking a firm stance against hatred, inequality, bias, and injustice. We do this by providing our staff with the training, coaching, and resources necessary to grow and serve with cultural humility, acceptance, and understanding. We are responsive to the diverse needs of those we serve and staff, and are committed to ensuring that everyone feels respected, valued, and a sense of belonging.

About the Program and Position:

The Cayuga Centers’ Upstate New York Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) Team is looking for a clinician/therapist who is passionate about supporting hard-to-place youth in the foster care system. We wrap services around the youth, their family/kin/caregivers, and the foster parents to address trauma related symptoms and reunify youth with their family at home or discharge to a permanent home as soon as possible. As a Clinician, you will work on a dynamic multidisciplinary treatment team, provide individual and family therapy, learn about and address the impact of trauma on youth and families, and most importantly, you will support life changes in youth and families. Join us with your compassion and therapeutic skills and expand your expertise in the field. 

  • Our Treatment Family Foster Care program serves youth in foster care between the ages of 0 and 21.
  • We serve youth and families by partnering with Local Department of Social Services officials, Office of Child and Family Services, Office of People With Developmental Disabilities, and community resource partners to provide bundled, strength-based,  therapeutic interventions that change children’s lives.
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of children and families using a trauma informed lens by working on a treatment team that believes that every child matters and that all people have strengths.
  • The role you play is pivotal in supporting youth and families to reunify following the trauma of separation, or supporting youth to find permanent homes with kin or other caring adult resources.

Does this sound like it interests you? We’d love for you to join our team in helping children and families create safe, happy and healthy environments.

How you get to use your clinical and therapeutic skills…

  • Apply and develop your clinical assessment, evaluation, and family therapy skills.
  • Utilize a strengths-based and trauma-informed practice to help children, youth, and families identify their strengths and needs.
  • Training and opportunity for certification in trauma-informed, evidenced based/informed treatment models such as Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused-CBT (at no cost to you). 
  • Partner with treatment team members to ensure children, youth, and families are quickly connected to needed programs and services.
  • Demonstrate an inclusive practice both in the office and in the field to support a diverse and accepting culture.
  • Contribute to a multidisciplinary team that shares your passion for children and families.
  • Participate in individual and group Clinical Supervision.

Required Experience: 

  • License or Limited Permit in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, or Mental Health Counseling with experience in strength-based family and children’s services
  • Experience working with children and families in a community-based or “in-home” setting.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and collaboration skills.
  • A strong belief in the capacity of people to grow and change.
  • Possess the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to appreciate and encourage diversity, and understand the concept of cultural trauma as it applies to individual and family functioning.
  • Familiarity with formulating clinical diagnoses and/or impressions.
  • Ability to engage families who may have been unsuccessful in clinic settings.
  • Ability to have flexibility in hours worked both routinely, so as to meet children and families when they are available, and occasionally, in response to crises which may occur at any hour of any day.

Physical Requirements:

  • Computer work requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time
  • Time on your feet for up to several hours a day
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Time driving to conduct client and family visits


Looking for an applicant who is willing to work with the youth/families at a time that suits the youth and family needs on a flexible schedule. This is a full-time, 40-hour-a-week position.

Why Cayuga Centers?

  • Certified Great Place to Work ®   
  • Workplace Wellness Award Finalist
  • Council on Accreditation (COA) Accredited
  • Implement best practices and evidence-based interventions
  • Committed to employee professional development and advancement
  • We embrace change, innovation and opportunities
  • Our diverse workforce acts and leads with human sensitivity and respect
  • Large and growing national footprint


  • Earn $59,000 – $70,000/annually 
  • 120 hours Vacation
  • 10 Holidays, 3 Personal Days, Medical Appointment Time
  • Supervision available for licensure
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Pet and Legal insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • FSA, Transit, and Parking savings accounts
  • Supplemental life insurance, critical illness, enhanced short-term disability benefits
  • 401(k) match up to 6 %
  • Corporate Discounts Program
  • Sick Leave Pool
  • Identity Protection
  • Hybrid remote working

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