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Child Welfare Specialist- Foster Care

Location:Chicago, IL
Benefits:Medical, Dental, generous employer match 401k, employer paid life insurance/LTD/AD & D
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Foster Care
Description:Make a difference! Join a reputable, first rate child welfare agency serving at-risk youth and their families through residential treatment, education, foster care and older adolescent programs. Child Welfare Specialist reports to the assigned Foster Care Supervisor. Provides comprehensive case management services in Relative and Regular Foster Care, Specialized Foster Care or mixed caseload. Must be able to do extensive field work, frequently transport clients in agency or personal vehicle, and provide all required documentation and reports to Juvenile Court and the Department of Children and Family Services. Position requires good verbal and written communication skills.

• Provide comprehensive case management services to children in placement, their families, and foster parents, including placement, visitation, monitoring, service and permanency planning , and coordination of services according to Client Service Plan.
• Face-to-face in-home contact with foster caretakers as required by contract -- to monitor the home environment and to offer supportive services as needed.
• In cooperation with the family and supervisor, write a comprehensive Client Service Plan and present at Administrative Case Reviews
• Attend all Court Hearings and report about status and progress of each case on caseload.
• Maintain regular contact with clients’ educational, medical, and other service providers, follow up with recommendations, and integrate all information to come to well founded conclusions and recommendations regarding each case.
• Conduct regular diligent searches if the whereabouts of one or both parents are unknown, try to engage parent/s if they are located.
• Document all case work activity and case information in up-to-date case entry notes. Write and submit timely reports for juvenile court and for administrative case reviews, including making unusual incident and hot-line reports.
• Provide support to foster parents; comply with all provisions of the Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan.
• Comply with provisions of Mandated Reporter Status
• On-call system on rotation with other staff.
• Document contact with clients, client's family, court sessions, etc. for statistical purposes.
• Attend supervision regularly, keep supervisor informed of all case developments, and involve supervisor in any critical decision regarding a case.
• Following 402 licensure, conducts semi-annual monitoring visits to ensure compliance.
• Keep abreast of changes in D.C.F.S. and Lawrence Hall Policies, Rules and Procedures by attending training and reading written information provided by the Agency.
• Provide all services to clients according to DCFS and Lawrence Hall Youth Services Policies, Rules, and Procedures.
• Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned.
• Demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement in all aspects of the position.
• Ability to work effectively with clients and staff in a culturally diverse environment
• Completes permanency paperwork/documentation for submission and approval to move clients to permanency.
• Other duties as assigned.

• To perform the above tasks under regular support, supervision, training, and direction of the Supervisor.

• Bachelor's Degree in the human services field, preferably in social work.
• Must have the Child Welfare Employee Licensure at hire or attend the next scheduled Foundation Training Program for licensure, meet the requirements for attendance and conduct, and pass the Licensure Exam including CERAP.
• Must pass the Foster Care Licensing standards (Rule 402) within three (3) months of employment.
• No history of child abuse or neglect.
• Valid Illinois driver’s license required.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V


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