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Social Worker, Intensive Foster Care

TITLE: Social Worker
PROGRAM: Intensive Foster Care
CATEGORY: E
REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Intensive Foster Care
HOURS: Full-time: 37.5 hours; Requires work outside of traditional office hours

THE AGENCY: Cambridge Family and Children’s Service (CFCS) is one of the oldest human services agencies in Greater Boston. Founded in 1873 as the Avon Home, an orphanage for local children, CFCS has a long and distinguished history of serving children, adolescents, individuals and families in the Cambridge area, Greater Boston and its suburbs. Today CFCS provides services for foster and group care, adoption, developmental disabilities, and family support, all programs that support individuals and strengthen families in more than 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.
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PURPOSE:
The Social Worker is a member of CFCS Intensive Foster Care Program team serving children and youth who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The Intensive Foster Care Program:

• Provides foster care services for children, ensuring all children receive care and services as determined in individualized plans;
• Recruits, trains and supports families who serve as placement resources for children in DCF custody;
• Supports a team-based approach with social workers and foster families providing 24 hour a day, 7 day a week care and support to children;
• Provides clinical and case management services to support children and youth in achieving developmentally appropriate skills and goals;
• Provides clinical and case management services to establish permanent placements for children, including reunification with birth families, guardianship, kinship care, adoption or independent living;
• Supports children in making the transition to permanent placements
The Social Worker provides direct clinical and case management services to children in foster care placement, and provides support to foster families in coordination with the IFC Family Resource Worker.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The IFC Social Worker:
• Manages a caseload of children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, including determining whether additional evaluations are needed, and making referrals as indicated;
• Provides support and guidance to foster parents and child/youth to ensure stable placement;
• Provides case management services including assessing need with child/youth and foster parents, making and monitoring referrals, and collaborating with other service providers;
• Collaborates with DCF staff in developing service plans, including:
o Supporting plan for permanency;
o Supporting child/youth’s participation in this process;
o Participating in DCF foster care review process;
o Providing crisis intervention as needed.
• As determined by DCF, assists children and youth in maintaining connections with parents, siblings, relatives and other important relationships;
• Assists children and youth in making transition to permanent placements;
• Maintains complete and accurate records.
Duties and responsibilities are carried out in conformance with relevant Competences (attached).
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REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s or higher degree in social work, psychology, education or human service related field;
• Professional licensure required. Candidates must have a current and valid licensure, or be license eligible, as a Licensed Social Work Associate, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker, or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the MA Board of registration in Social Work or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the MA Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professionals. Newly hired, license eligible staff must obtain licensure from the respective board within six (6) months of hire.
• Minimum of one-years’ experience providing case management and/or counseling services to children, adolescents and families;
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Other requirements:
• Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.