FOSTER CARE/ADOPTION SOCIAL WORKERLos Angeles, CA 90004 Full-time Salary: $53,000.00 /year
Using professional opinion and independent judgment, provides case management services to children and resource parents to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and positive outcomes for children in our care. Completion of Resource Family Assessments for potential resource families. Coordinates services in cooperation with Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) case workers.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Screens, supports prospective resource parents, is competent in discussing difficult topics with families, completes comprehensive, timely resource family assessment.
- Meets agency-established monthly benchmarks for number of completed resource family assessments.
- Performs intakes, providing individualized matching of families with children in foster care and provide support during the transition and placement in the home as needed.
- Completes, updates case records on a timely basis according to agency policy & regulatory requirements.
- Evaluates the needs of the child; develops and updates Needs & Services Plan (NSP); coordinates services in cooperation with DCFS case workers.
- Supervises children in placement; conducts meetings with placed children and resource families at regular intervals as required by regulation and in accordance with the child’s NSP.
- Provides clinical support services (e.g., accompaniment to school conferences, transportation, etc.) and relevant resources (e.g., referrals for medical, dental, counseling) to resource families to address a child’s transition into the foster home, and grief/loss issues resulting from a child’s reunification with birth family.
- Engages with child's biological family members by coordinating & supervising court ordered visits to ensure a safe, positive experience; assessing, documenting quality of visit; supports both child & family interaction through coaching, education; recommends services & supports to biological family members to address barriers to reunification if applicable.
- Completes, updates case records; submits periodic reports on a timely basis according to agency policy + regulatory requirements.
- Responds in a timely and appropriate manner to emergency calls from resource parents; completes require special incident reports according to agency and regulatory requirements.
- Participates in cross-departmental team meetings to address case status and concerns.
- Conducts resource family home inspections to ensure ongoing compliance with requirements.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master of Social Work degree, Marriage & Family Therapy, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology, or social psychology from accredited college or university is required.
- Completion of the following course work is required:
- At least 3 semester units or 100 days of field practice or experience in a public or private social service agency at a Master's degree level
- At least 9 semester units of coursework related to children and families + 18 months experience in working with children and families
- At least 3 semester units and 6 months exp. working with minority populations; or 6 months in-service training working with minority populations within 12 months of hire as a condition of employment
- At least 3 semester units in child welfare, or 2 years exp. in a public or private child welfare social service setting.
- Demonstrated working knowledge and application of child development, attachment theory, & family systems theory.
- 3+ years exp. in child welfare and/or adoption preferred (internship exp. may be considered to meet the experience requirements).
- Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills. Excellent writing & case management skills; able to express concepts in a clear and concise manner
- Strong interpersonal & verbal communication skills; able to document case records, observation notes for child/family interactions efficiently and accurately.
- Capable of observing, assessing, discerning resource and birth parents’ abilities to provide safe, appropriate care for foster children.
- Current CA driver’s license, valid auto insurance, and reliable transportation; car must pass inspection and have the ability to transport children (newborn to adolescent) in a rear seat
- SAFE certification strongly preferred
- Must be able to read, write, and communicate fluently in English
- Satisfactory health screen + satisfactory TB test
- Satisfactory Live Scan background check
- Ability to handle the physical demands of the job, e.g. lifting, driving, etc.