Park County Human Services - Social Caseworker

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General:  Performs level work providing a full range of intake and/or permanency social casework services for a variety of program areas such as child abuse and neglect cases, youth-in-conflict cases, as well as adult protection. May also provide for the provision of ancillary services such as recruitment and supervision of foster homes and placement/services evaluations. The Department may modify the duties as needed. Park County hires generalists who may be asked to do any of the following:

Intake Caseworker: Work involves assessing allegations of abuse/neglect and referring clients to appropriate services. Provides crisis intervention in these situations.

Permanency Caseworker: Work involves direct casework specializing in child/adult protection, family and adolescent crisis response, delinquency and parent/child conflict, emancipation, planning and facilitating adoptions.

Family Engagement Caseworker: Engages families and professionals in the casework process through promoting the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of children and families in the child welfare system during meetings and home visits. Assisting child welfare staff in actively collaborating and partnering with family members throughout their involvement with the child welfare system.

Salary
$1,938.49-2,115.38 per bi-weekly period (DOQ/E) plus benefits
Published
November 8, 2016
Closing
Open Until Filled

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides intake assessment, crisis intervention, and evaluation, ongoing services, and case planning to a variety of cases including at-risk adults, child abuse/neglect, family conflict and youth-in-conflict cases.
  • Determines if situation warrants placing children outside the home; supervises placement of children in foster care and coordinates parent/child visits; and determines when and if to recommend that children return to the home.
  • Must have family engagement skills in mitigating risk and enhancing safety that will be used in both the office, client’s homes, and in the community.
  • Work involves collaboration with law enforcement, schools, medical personnel, mental health agencies, the courts, and providers caring for children.
  • Must have the ability to advocate for families and children and de-escalate potentially volatile situations.
  • Extensive case documentation is required, which includes preparing court reports and social histories
  • Develops effective case plans and provides services to families regarding parenting skills, family problems, parent-child relationships and problems with the community.
  • Makes home visits with clients, organizes services such as homemaker, day care, financial assistance, health (physical and mental), legal and provides information on available services.
  • May provide other ancillary social casework services such as recruiting new foster home parents. Monitors quality of care provided in foster homes.
  • Testifies in court on a variety of ongoing cases, makes recommendations to the courts on abuse and neglect cases, placement of children, guardianship of adults, and on custody investigations.
  • Develops and writes reports for appropriate documentation of case plans, recommendations, contacts, assessments, etc.; develops case file information; completes forms and writes correspondence, enters all pertinent data into TRAILS or CAPS computer system.
  • Provides Core Services for families to prevent out of home placement in serious/high risk cases.
  • Requires unscheduled evening and weekend work.
  • Requires rotating on call schedule to including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Requires travel in order to conduct assessments, make home visits, visits foster parents and children in placement.
  • Must complete the Colorado Department of Human Services Caseworker academy for Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services, be certified and maintain that certification.
  • Other duties as assigned
Location:  Human Services offices are located in Fairplay and Bailey.

Qualifications

Bachelors degree with a major in a human behavioral health science field and a minimum of one year of applicable full-time professional and casework experience, OR a Master's in human behavioral science fields; must pass background check; must possess Colorado Drivers License.

A complete job description with all duties and qualifications is available upon request.

Special Requirements

Transcripts will be required at time of interview.

  • In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major coursework (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measure or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development from an accredited institution.

Miscellaneous Information

Any offers of employment are conditional upon a background check.

Park County is an EEO employer.

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