The Social Worker provides a variety of child welfare services to children, youth and to their biological and foster families with the purpose of achieving the permanency, safety and well-being.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serves as the lead worker for an interdisciplinary team to assess and monitor a client’s needs, ensure that services are provided, and recommend a permanency goal;
  • Develops a complete psychosocial assessment of the client;
  • Conducts home visits with in and out of home youth as required by CFSA;
  • Assesses needs of clients, biological and foster families and develops plans to address those needs;
  • Works with foster and biological families toward the attainment of permanency goal;
  • Represents clients’ cases in court and provides status updates regarding the child’s and/or the families’ psycho-social progress and LAYC’s compliance with recommendations contained in the case plan, court-orders, treatment plans, etc;
  • Responds to crisis situations and is part of rotating on call system;
  • Assists in placement of children and youth in LAYC homes;
  • Coordinates implementation of court ordered services.  
  • Maintains up-to-date case records;
  • Prepares court reports and submits them to court 10 days prior to a scheduled hearing;
  • Provides referrals based on clients’ needs and makes sure that clients receives necessary assistance;
  • Documents all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC staff and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of the services in FACES and ETO a timely manner and in accord with clients, program and CFSA outcomes;
  • Attends meetings in and out of the LAYC in representation of the case;
  • Attends meetings with the Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager on a weekly basis;
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • MSW; LGSW; and at least two-year experience in child welfare and/or juvenile justice is recommended;
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
  • Pre-service training at Child and Family Services Agency;
  • At least one year experience working in the child welfare system;  
  • Complete medical, FBI and child abuse and neglect clearances;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

TO APPLY:

Please send resumes and cover letters to Cathy Donoso, Foster Care Program Manager, at aldo@layc-dc.org