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Youth and Children's Ministry

URM (Unaccompanied Refugee Minor) Youth Specialist

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Posted: 04/04/2022
Salary/Range: $19.24 - $20.24 per hour
Denver, CO

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Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is an inclusive non-profit whose mission is to walk with the vulnerable through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope. We honor the dignity of all people and offer help and support regardless of religion, race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. Lutheran Family Services responds to the needs of communities throughout the region through services for children and families, refugees and immigrants, older adults and their caregivers, and people who have experienced loss through disaster.


The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Program provides foster care placement and supportive services to refugees, asylees, and other special populations of youth who have qualified for resettlement in the United States through foster care, and who have been resettled in Colorado through Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains or its partner agencies. These youth have had to flee their home countries due to a fear of persecution, violence, or abuse and have no parent or family member available to care for them. The URM program seeks to reunify youth with their families when possible and provides the full range of supports available to any youth placed in foster care in Colorado as well as additional supports to preserve ethnic and religious heritage, assist with English language acquisition and cultural integration, and to build life skills to prepare them for successful adulthood.


Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is seeking a passionate individual who enjoys working with adolescents and young adults from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds to join its URM team. The URM Youth Specialist coordinates with the treatment team to provide focused support to young people placed in group settings, foster homes, or who live independently and receive supportive services in order to ensure opportunities for preservation of ethnic and religious heritage and cultural integration, to develop independent living skills, and to create opportunities for peer support and connection with other youth in the URM program. This position also provides guidance and support to placement providers, including cultural orientation and coordinated access to available URM resources.


  • Manages assigned cases and maintains face-to-face contact with the youth in placement a minimum of once per month.
  • Utilizes Positive Youth Development approaches to engage youth in the development and practice of skills needed for a successful transition to adulthood
  • Arranges and facilitates URM peer connection activities and support groups.
  • Works with providers and others on the team to ensure that youth have opportunities to engage in experiences or activities that support preservation of ethnic and religious heritage and connection to their culture.
  • Works with providers and others on the team to ensure that youth have opportunities to engage in experiences and activities that promote integration.
  • Works with providers to ensure their understanding of the cultural needs of each youth in placement
  • Assists with accessing funding to support the needs of youth in group placements.
  • Coordinates with team members to ensure that URM youth complete orientation requirements.
  • Assists with referrals and connections to culturally appropriate services and resources when possible.
  • Writes supplemental reports of youth assigned to caseload and distributes to the appropriate members of the treatment team or stakeholders.
  • Maintains complete and accurate case files in the agency’s electronic data system and in hard file.
  • Attends and participates in URM meetings, Family Team Meetings, and Staffings as needed.
  • Provides transportation to clients when needed.
  • Becomes and remains familiar with state rules governing foster care placement.
  • Supports agency activities related to foster care such as events and trainings.
  • May be required to conduct and prepare written reports of the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) home study and assessments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Broad knowledge of social work practice, human development, child welfare system and positive youth development.
  • Must have knowledge of adolescent development and enjoy working with adolescents and young adults.
  • Skills and sensitivity in working with children and families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a variety of challenges.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Skills in crisis management, problem solving and mediation.
  • Detail oriented, extensive documentation skills, organized and able to work in a multi-tasked environment.
  • Ability to self-start and work well in a team setting.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, use of emails and the completion of computer-based forms.
  • Possesses a valid Colorado driver’s license; has a reliable and consistently available vehicle; and is able to regularly travel throughout the agency’s service area by way of interstate highways and primary and secondary roads, including those passing through the mountainous terrain within the state and region.
  • Must carry automobile liability insurance at the level of $100,000/300,000/100,000.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Mission, Values and Vision of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.


Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in Social Work or a similar field from four-year college or university required. 1 year of caseworker/case management experience. Experience with diverse cultures preferred.


Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a bachelor’s degree in a similar field is the minimum requirement.

Colorado Child Welfare Academy Certified, two years case management experience after degree obtained preferred.


Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees, their families, and members of our community against the coronavirus (COVID-19). New hires must present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (if vaccines are available and the employee is eligible at the time of hire) or a completed Reasonable Accommodation Request Form approved by Human Resources.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, Disability, Gender Identity, Race, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status.

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