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Foster Care Child Welfare Specialist

Company: Bethany For Children & Families
Location: Moline
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Foster care is temporary care. The goal is to reunite the child with their birth parents or relatives whenever possible. Matching the needs of each child to the special strengths of each foster family is another major consideration. When locating a foster care placement, the child's home community is first considered so the child may attend the same school. Permanency is achieved through Return Home, Adoption, Guardianship, or Independence. The length of time a child will be placed in a foster home will vary for each situation, but the goal is for a child to be in foster care as short a time as possible.Foster care services provided by Bethany for Children & Families (licensed and contracted by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services) are supported 24 hours a day by experienced case managers and master's-level supervisors. Training is required for foster parents at all levels of care, as well as annual continuing education to enhance their skills.To learn more about the foster care programs and services provided by Bethany for Children & Families, visit our website at and click on Services, Child Welfare Services, Foster Care and Licensing. Foster Care - Child Welfare Specialist Position Benefits:Ten (10) days of vacation earned during the first year of employment and twenty (20) days of vacation earned during the second year of employment,Twelve (12) sick days earned each year,Eleven (11) paid holidays,Agency contributions of 8% calculated on bi-weekly earnings to a 403(b) Thrift Plan (retirement plan) upon meeting plan eligibility criteria,An option of two health plans, one with a Health Savings Account benefit that includes employer contributions and wellness incentive credits, Dental insurance,Vision insurance (100% employer-paid premiums if enrolled in the dental insurance plan),Options of employee-paid premiums for supplemental insurance offered through AFLAC, andA Tuition Aide program. Foster Care - Child Welfare Specialist Job Description:The Child Welfare Specialist is responsible for providing case management social services to children, youth, or families assigned to his/her caseload as per the specified program plan. The Child Welfare Specialist must be able to develop a supportive relationship with the clients assigned to his/her caseload and assist them in addressing and meeting the needs and goals documented in the specific program treatment plans. At the time of a crisis, the Child Welfare Specialist is available and prepared to meet a family or a youth at various locations including the client's home at times that may not comply with normal business hours.Foster Care - Child Welfare Specialist Performance Objectives:Assessing the appropriateness of requests for services and interpreting the agency's services effectively to the client.Formulating a preliminary and tentative assessment of clients' functions and reviewing appropriate information with the Supervisor to develop an effective case plan/treatment plan commensurate with the clients' needs.Managing a workload which involves decision-making and accountability; using time in an organized and structured manner to provide services to clients assigned to his/her caseload and meet performance objectives.Maintaining case records, submitting required reports, providing statistical data, etc., in accordance with the agency's expectations.Meeting regularly with the Program Supervisor to discuss clinical issues, issues surrounding service delivery, and critical issues requiring supervisory consent or referral source authority.Developing and utilizing knowledge of agency and community resources appropriate to established case plans, and assessing the usefulness to individual client's needs.Being readily accessible to his/her clients for meetings according to their schedule or contract requirements at client-convenient times of the day or night.Demonstrating a capacity and initiative to increase professional skills and knowledge.Maintaining a professional relationship with peers and other service referral resources and providers.Attending meetings related to agency services and/or staff training. Foster Care - Child Welfare Specialist Qualifications:Possess a Bachelor's Degree in social work or a human services field, Have two years of social service experience,Have the ability to fulfill all of the regulatory requirements for employees of Child Welfare Agencies as are prescribed in Illinois Administrative Rule and Procedure, including successful completion of required background checks, and certification as a driver of children by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services,Have the ability to provide own transportation in performing job requirements, including a valid driver's license and acceptable insurance coverage,Meet the eligibility requirements for a case management position as assigned by the contracting state department of Illinois,Maintain a flexible schedule in response to program needs or caseload assignments (the Child Welfare Specialist must be available outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends, to assist families in meeting goals or in responding to crisis),Have sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences in the community,Effectively communicate orally and in writing,Be committed to the agency's vision, mission, philosophy, structure, and goals with an ability to work as part of a treatment team,Be able to lift 30 lbs,Be able to carry car seats to and from the office and children's home, andBe able to physically attend to young children and infants.Join our team and help make a difference in the lives of area children & families!EOE PI187422430

Keywords: Bethany For Children & Families, Moline , Foster Care Child Welfare Specialist, Other , Moline, Illinois

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