Social Worker, Intensive Foster Care
TITLE: Social Worker
DIVISION: Intensive Foster Care
PROGRAM: Intensive Foster Care
REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Intensive Foster Care
HOURS: Full-time: 37.5 hours; Requires work outside of traditional office hours
REVISION DATE: January 1st, 2016
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.
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).
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;
• Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.
COMPETENCIES FOR SOCIAL WORKER: The following is a summary list of competencies required for this position. Detailed listing of the attitudes, knowledge and skills involved can be found in the full Competency document.
1. Ability to develop productive, respectful and empathic relationships
2. Understanding of legal and ethical principles that govern practice.
3. Ability to anticipate and avoid or mitigate crises to reduce risk and disruptions arising from crises.
4. Understanding of and applies conflict resolution principles and process to promote consensual agreement.
5. Ability to actively pursue improvement of own skill, knowledge and abilities.
CLINICAL EXPERTISE: Demonstrates:
6. Understanding of process and elements needed to engage families and children in assessing strengths and needs, planning and providing service, reaching service goals, and concluding service provision.
7. Understanding of evidence-based and best practices.
8. Understanding of importance of existing family relationships to children and acts to support such relationships.
9. Understanding of importance of permanent and long-term nurturing relationships for children and youth.
10. Thorough knowledge of child and youth development, and applies knowledge in conclusions and decisions which might influence a child’s or youth’s course of development.
11. Understanding of medical and educational needs of children and applies that knowledge in conclusions and decisions about a child’s care.
12. Understanding of family dynamics.
13. Ability to apply family centered and strengths based principles in recruitment, assessment and support of placement resources families to ensure resource families are well informed and prepared.
14. Understanding of importance of planning for adulthood and independent living for youth in foster care.
ENHANCED COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, attitudes and skills not required at hiring, but expected to be acquired on the job, and that will enhance performance.
15. Ability to promote agency values and goals and exert influence within the program, agency, with public and private partners and in the community.
16. Understanding of role of culture in provision of service, including effects of stereotypes, biases and prejudices.
17. Ability to gather and use information and data to for case planning and decision making.
18. Ability to manage own workload.
19. Understanding of accurate and complete documentation and record keeping.
20. Understanding of laws governing CFCS practice, including statute, regulation and case law.
21. Understanding of system of public and private agencies involved in services CFCS provides.
22. Understanding of trauma, prevalence of trauma in population served, and elements of trauma-informed interventions
23. Understanding of case management as a comprehensive role including needs assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring, and advocacy.
24. Understanding of system of child protection
25. Understanding of process and elements required to engage families in assessing family strengths and needs as well as child safety and risk