This position is the One Caseworker for Resource Families assigned to the Cedar Rapids area. The Caseworker is the single point of contact through Foster Family licensing, Adoptive Family approval, training, matching, and support through closure. This position will also focus on taking referrals from the Department of Human Services and use a database system to locate a foster family with the skills necessary to meet the needs of the child.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts pre-screening activities for potential foster families.
- Writes complete, thorough, and unbiased home study assessments of prospective and current foster and adoptive families, recommending licensure and/or adoption approval and submitting timely to DHS.
- Meets contact requirements for foster families with or without placements.
- Supports foster families to keep children stable for as long as placement is needed.
- Provides pre-service and/or in-service training as requested.
- Manages match referral assignments when assigned the lead, assure timely completion of matches and modifying work strategies to meet such timeframes.
- Obtains thorough and complete referral information to assure optimal matches.
- Assesses strengths & limitations of placement options.
- Follows troubleshooting procedures when matches are potentially late.
- Utilizes the RRTS database and local supervisors to locate the optimal match for each child referred.
- Provides one or more names of Resource Families to DHS/JCS that meet the requested referral criteria.
- Documents family contacts timely (as they occur) as per matching protocols.
- Assesses permanency needs of the child/youth
- Collaborates with stakeholders for case management
- Travel within the designated area
- Meeting with families and children in their homes or institutional settings (if applicable)
- Supporting pre-adoptive families through to adoption to assure stability
- Appropriate boundary and interpersonal skills
- Provide on-call rotation as required.
Qualifications and Skills:
A Bachelor’s Degree in social work or a degree in a human services related field plus two years of experience in child welfare or a Master’s Degree in Human Services is required. Prior experience in working with Foster and Adoptive families is preferred. Additional requirements include:
- Able to be self driven/reliant and work independently as well as part of a team
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to show empathy/compassion to build trust based relationships
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
About Four Oaks
At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now.
Four Oaks offers a comprehensive benefit package, excellent wages, and opportunities for growth & advancement!
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