Unaccompanied Children Caseworker New Jersey

Job Type

Full Time




263 West 38th Street
New York
New York
United States


Background: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is on the ground in 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees, and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 27 regional offices in cities across the United States, we help refugees resettle in the U.S. and become


Job Overview: The caseworker will provide services to unaccompanied minors who have entered the United States without their parents and without proper legal documentation. These children are held in a government shelter before being released to a family member or family friend in New Jersey who will serve as the child’s legal sponsor. The caseworker will conduct home studies and post-release services as required by a federal grant and will complete all necessary documentation. To ensure that the children are living in a safe environment and integrating well into their new community, the caseworker will

be responsible for connecting them to appropriate services and resources. This position is full-time and non-exempt; travel throughout New Jersey area is required.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Assess and provide a recommendation for the purpose of reunifying children with their potential sponsors, including conducting interviews, home assessments, and documenting findings in a comprehensive report within 10 days of referral.
  • Complete home visits to meet with children and their sponsors post-release.
  • Coordinate referrals and service planning in relevant areas.
  • Work with children and their sponsors to encourage and ensure progress through their individual service plans.
  • Continually assess ongoing changes in behavior and general conditions that could impact the
  • safety of a participant.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community services providers in relevant areas.
  • Serve as point person for stakeholders in each family’s case, including legal
  • providers.
  • Participate in regular case management and staffing meetings.
  • Maintain accurate records and consistently ensure the confidentiality of information
  • relevant to children and their cases.
  • Submit required reports and documentation in a timely manner.
  • Provide crisis intervention when necessary, including involving Child Protective Services
  • Other duties as required​

Key Working Relationships: 

Position Reports to: New York Resettlement Manager

Position directly supervises:  Interns

Indirect Reporting: The Unaccompanied Children Caseworker coordinates closely with the IRC’s Regional Coordinator

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Social services, legal representation, immigration court, and other providers throughout the service


Level of Language Proficiency

Job Requirements:

  • Required- Minimum education of a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or an
  • equivalent degree in education, psychology, sociology, or other behavioral science
  • Required - Experience working with children, family reunification/ preservation, and or foster care/child welfare
  • Required- Bilingual ability in English and Spanish
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.
  • Self- starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with the ability to prioritize duties and manage time effectively.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance
  • Ability to travel independently throughout relevant region. 
  • Ability to work during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends as needed.

Working Environment:

  • A combination of standard office environment and ‘field’ time in and around the service delivery
  • area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement