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The Social Caseworker III - Kinship Support, will provide intensive short term, ongoing, or as needed case management services to kinship providers. They will complete home safety assessments of kinship providers to ensure children are placed in a safe, stable, and appropriate environment for a short or long term basis. They will also assist with development and ongoing facilitation of Kinship Orientation, Kinship Training, and/or Kinship Support Groups at Adams County.
SALARY: $48,102.65 - $67,343.71 Annually
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
- Assist with locating relatives if needed through Diligent Search/Family Finding efforts and/or referral systems.
- Contact each kinship family by phone within 2-3 business days of every kinship placement and begin assessment/support plan.
- Complete thorough kinship background checks.
- Schedule a time to meet the kinship provider and interview members of the family within 7-10 days of placement or prior to placement being made.
- Complete a Home Safety Assessment and evaluation for each kinship provider and provide report to CW.
- Determine the appropriateness for short/long term placement.
- Discuss options with families including kinship foster care certification.
- Review findings, observations, and assessments of kinship family with Caseworker/Supervisor at staffing (phone or in person) or at a scheduled FTM.
- Provide support to the kinship family as needed (up front and throughout their involvement as needed.)
- Refer family to and work closely with the Benefits Navigator for assistance in applying for and navigating the benefits system.
- Be aware of other resources/provide direction.
- Answer questions.
- Explain child welfare process, court/agency practices, etc.
- Advocate for the family's needs.
- Provide suggestions around parenting if needed.
- Listen to the family, provide support, abd help them to be successful.
- Once stabilized, check in with the family monthly/bi-monthly to see how things are going.
- Take phone calls from kinship families following APR/Adoption to provide any needed resources.
- Participate in the Kinship Orientation process once/twice per month.
- Possibly consider developing a Kinship Support Group and/or Kinship Specific Training at ACHSD.
- Collaborate with the community.
- Locate resources, agencies, and community organizations that exist within our Adams County communities that can assist kinship and other resource families in a variety of ways.
- Develop new partnerships with community agencies/centers with the common goal of helping to strengthen families and keep kids safe.
- Assist with coordination, facilitation, and implementation, as needed and requested by Supervisor, with the Icebreaker Project, Diligent Search Investigation, Family Team Meetings, New Family Orientation, and other PSSF programs and services.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Operate computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Access, Outlook, Adobe, Trails, Records Management, Provider Tracking System, Internet, PSSF Database, and others.
- Familiarity with and knowledge of State regulations as they pertain to child welfare and child protection, as well as the Colorado Children's Code, State Department of Social Services Manual-Volume VII, Agency Policies and Procedures, and Agency/County/State letters, County Policy, etc.
- Completion of Colorado Child Welfare Training Academy for Caseworkers.
- Experience within the child protection field as an ongoing or intake caseworker and knowledge of the court and legal system, dynamics of child abuse and neglect, separation and loss issues, and family systems theory.
- Ability to work in potentially unsafe situations; effectively manage stress; utilize active listening skills; process, analyze, and interpret large amounts of data and family history; problem solve and de-escalate angry/upset clientele.
- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to organize and manage time effectively.
- Interact professionally and appropriately at all times with agency staff and all outside organizations/programs/agencies.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Experience: Two (2) years of full-time, professional social casework experience acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency in an area appropriate to the position.
- Education and Training:
- Bachelor's degree in a Human Behavioral Science field.
- Master's in a Behavioral Science or Bachelor in Social Work may substitute for 1 year of the required experience.
- A Master's of Social Work may substitute for all required experience.
- License or Certificate: Possession or ability to obtain a Colorado Driver's License and automotive insurance.
- Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
- Utilize your personal vehicle to get to many appointments in the local community and surrounding areas within Colorado.
- Willingness to work extended hours prior to and or after typical work hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in order to meet the needs of children and families.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
CLOSING DATE: 07/20/17 04:30 PM MOUNTAIN