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Posted Mar 09
SCO Family of Services

FOSTER CARE CASE WORKER

New York-Brooklyn-Bedford-Stuyvesant Full Time

FOSTER CARE CASE WORKER

SCO Family of Services
Extraordinary reach.
Unconditional care.
Life-changing results.

SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years. SCO helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs.


SCO Family of Services welcomes you to join our family and help us work together to carry out our mission to build a stronger tomorrow.


DESCRIPTION:
Provide comprehensive casework and support services for children and families involved in the foster care system under the guidance of a Foster Care Supervisor. Utilize Solution-Based Casework to engage with and build a partnership with each family that pragmatically focuses on the necessary skills that ensure safety and restore the family’s confidence and competence. Each family will develop a specific action plan with the caseworker to address the relevant concerns that led to placement, so they can work together to create meaningful change, to achieve permanency, i.e., a stable and appropriate family situation for children.

  • Manage a caseload of: Treatment Family Foster Care: approximately 8 active children.
  • Fulfill duty of Mandated Reporter, which entails reporting any suspected instances of child abuse or maltreatment.
  • Conduct up to 2 face-to-face and home casework contacts per month - approximately an hour for each child, biological parent, and foster parent on caseload to assess child safety, provide support, and discuss progress towards permanency; additional contacts to be conducted as needed.
  • Document all contact with families and casework activities within 7 days.
  • Meet with Supervisor one-on-one on a consistent basis to discuss safety and permanency issues of caseload.
  • Complete comprehensive semi-annual reports regarding the status of the family’s action plan and progress towards permanency.
  • Prepare court reports and other legal documentation.
  • Testify in family court proceedings regarding the status of cases.
  • Work with parents, foster parents, children and youth to identify developmentally appropriate goals for safety, permanency and well being
  • Make referrals for services for children and families both internally and externally.
  • Coordinate, supervise, and assess visits between parents/family resources and their children weekly.
  • Be available to handle crises or emergencies, such as psychiatric hospitalizations, 24/7, whenever they occur.
  • Communicate effectively with NYC Children’s Services, medical and mental health centers, schools, other SCO programs, and all other relevant parties.
  • Treatment Family Foster Care staff must attend weekly medication review meetings for children.
  • Coordinate and participate regularly in conferences with families, children, and foster parents regarding safety, permanency and well-being.
  • Locate and assess extended families members who are interested in being permanent or foster parent resources for children.
  • Gather, organize, input, and maintain both electronic and paper records containing all casework documentation for each child and parent.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Degree: Masters Degree required


Other skills and requirements:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and CONNECTIONS.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License required for all Treatment Family Foster Care Staff, and preferred for Family Foster Care.
  • Travel within each of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Upstate New York, or more distant locations if necessary in order to visit all of our clients’ residences, which may be in lower income neighborhoods, prisons, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and various shelter or rehabilitation facilities.
  • Commitment to the mission and programs of SCO Family of Services.
  • Continued employment contingent upon: Regular and Treatment Family Foster Care: certification in Solution Based Casework.
  • Attendance at all mandatory trainings.
  • Ability to work with children and families that have histories of chemical dependency, mental illness, neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, different cultural backgrounds, and varying socioeconomics statuses.
  • Ability to work competently, compassionately, and without judgment with individuals who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who may be in different stages of discovering or disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Ability to work varying schedules that may cause you to work in excess of your regularly scheduled hours or weekends if necessary.
  • Ability to respond to the unique developmental needs of children in different stages of maturation including early childhood, school age, or young adulthood.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, a strong sense of empathy towards our populations served, and a passion for the field of child welfare.
  • Strong time management and teamwork skills, diligence, and resilience.

Primary Location: New York-Brooklyn-Bedford-Stuyvesant
Schedule: Full-Time


APPLICATION PROCESS:
If you are interested in the position mentioned above, please apply directly online at

www.sco.org
or
https://sco.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?...

Please keep in mind that it is not possible for us to personally contact every candidate, but rest assured that your information will be reviewed and one of our hiring managers will contact you if you’re being considered for the position.


Salary/Benefits:
SCO Family of Services
offers a competitive salary and benefits package including, vacation, holidays, sick days, health and dental care, life insurance, long and short term disability, 403(b) retirement account, flexible spending account, credit unions, direct deposit.

To learn more about SCO Family of Services, visit us online at www.sco.org


SCO FAMILY OF SERVICES is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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