This is a professional level social casework position. This position is primarily responsible for the ongoing supervision, engagement, ongoing assessment and certification of foster care and kinship foster care providers.
Examples of Duties
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential duties that may be required. This position is housed primarily at the Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson County Collaborative Foster Care Program (CFCP) office in Littleton, Colorado.
The ideal candidate should be familiar with foster care policy, rules and regulations, and Volume 7 regulations for foster care certification. Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) certification will be required as this position is responsible for the yearly completion of home study updates. Duties consist of, but are not limited to, monthly supervision and assessment of certified foster homes, ensuring requirements are met to achieve/maintain certification, and providing support to families to ensure their ability to care for children in foster care.
Primary duties consist of but are not limited to the monitoring and supporting of certified foster homes, strong collaboration with primary caseworkers and other collaterals, quality documentation of contacts, and assisting in the recruitment, retention and training for the Collaborative Foster Care Program. The position will assist with a limited number of requests for foster care placements. The CFCP is striving to have a presence in all 3 Counties through attendance at family meetings, group supervisions, and other meetings when necessary. Joint home visits with primary Caseworkers and foster care providers is encouraged whenever possible. This position will assess new foster parent applicants and make recommendations regarding their ability to meet the requirements for certification and to provide a safe home for children. This position prepares and presents families to the program's Certification Review Team for approval. Drives a vehicle to various locations on County business, must maintain a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record.
Members of the CFCP team are cross-trained, provide placement desk back-up coverage and may have other primary responsibilities within the unit. In addition, the candidate will occasionally need to assist with foster/adoption orientation and with other ongoing training, which would require evening work. We are looking for someone who has excellent communication and engagement skills, as well as strong writing skills who will promote a positive work environment.
Makes collateral contact with community resources to learn about and secure information or services for the foster care program.
Participate with Douglas County Human Services RED Team, FPM's, PRT's and group supervision as needed.
Comply with all federal, state and county department policy, procedure and directives. Complete all required forms and documents. Maintain accurate and timely case record management.
Maintains professional knowledge base; child protection, youth in conflict, child development, individual and family treatment, case management and required computer skills.
Performs other duties as assigned.
This position is the liaison between foster parents and the Department. The primary supervisory responsibilities are of the regular supervision of foster homes.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR:
Work is characterized by potentially difficult decisions in determining services for clients from a variety of alternatives. Decision-making is more difficult due to the complexities of the situations in which clients find themselves. Each case requires judgment to determine the most appropriate case and intervention plan to fit the situation. Guidelines used to govern work primarily include Volume VII of the Social Services Rules Manual. Other appropriate guidelines include: Title XX of the Social Security Act, the Medicaid law, HCBS, the Older American's Act, and Volume IV of the Department of Social Services. Must have knowledge of civil, criminal and juvenile legal systems.
Errors in decision-making may result in clients at greater risk of abuse or neglect.
This position has daily contact with foster families, the public, county officials, county employees, community organizations, and other human service providers.
Work is highly independent under with regularly scheduled supervision. This position will regularly participate and present at group supervision for further support. Worker chooses courses of action in consultation with supervisor and others as appropriate. Incumbent has wide range to use individual judgment in selecting the proper means to achieve the desired results. The worker impacts the community interest by preventing institutionalization, preventing harm to client's physical or emotional status, strengthening the family systems.
Protection to the neglected, abused and or exploited helps to insure the safety and well-being of clients
A Bachelor's degree with a major in a human behavioral science field and one year of professional caseworker, case management, or human services experience in a public or private human services agency; or, a Bachelor's of Social Work degree and successful completion of an approved field placement in a county department of human services; or, a Master's degree in social work or human behavioral sciences field.
In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development from an accredited institution.
Individual must successfully complete (or be waived by the Colorado Department of Human Services) all mandatory new child welfare case worker training within the first four (4) months of employment. Must maintain the required 40 hours annual child welfare training. Individual must complete any state or county required child welfare or adult protection training.
Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form including public speaking and report writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Strong engagement skills are essential.
Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to use common sense understanding to make generalizations, judgments or decisions.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
This position requires knowledge of acceptable social casework techniques and practices, knowledge of child and adolescent development, understanding of child abuse and neglect dynamics and effective family and individual treatment interventions, and knowledge of existing laws that relate to the protection of individuals. Must have the ability to assess for protective services/intervention to meet protective goals, to intervene on behalf of the abused, neglected or exploited clients who have no other person to act on their behalf. In addition, candidate must become familiar with foster care policy, rules and regulations, as well as all Volume 7 regulations for foster care certification; in addition candidate must learn TRAILs task pertinent to Resource screens. SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) training is required, or must be obtained after hire.
A valid Colorado Driver License and an acceptable driving record, or the ability to obtain upon hire, is required.
The ability to successfully complete pre-employment screening including but not limited to: reference checks, criminal background check (including fingerprinting through a national database), motor vehicle record check and drug screen is required.
Work is generally performed in a typical office environment. The primary work space is at the Collaborative Foster Care Program (CFCP) in Littleton, Colorado. The secondary working locations are at the Douglas County Human Services building in Castle Rock, Colorado, the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services building in Aurora, Colorado, and the Jefferson County Department of Human Services building in Lakewood, Colorado. Work involves a considerable period of time (40- 60%) away from a standard office enviroment, much of which consists of driving to and from home visits.
In the event of an emergency/disaster in or near the County, all County employees are expected to make every effort to be available to assist the County Manager, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Directors to ensure the continued operation of any and all necessary County functions. This may mean being available to perform additional duties and hours beyond what is normally required. In the event that an exempt employee does work more than 40 hours a week in support of County operations during an emergency, such employee may receive overtime or other appropriate wage compensation in accordance with existing County policies or at the discretion of the County.