Foster Care Child Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/18/2018

Application Deadline

10/18/2018

Address

1500 McGowen Street
Houston
Texas
77004
United States

Description

About Disability Rights Texas

Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. 


Job Summary

The Foster Care Team works statewide representing foster children with disabilities providing a broad range services such as special education assistance, Medicaid assistance, transition services, locating placements, and finding therapeutic services. Clients may be medically fragile, have developmental or intellectual disabilities, mental illnesses, or emotional behavioral disorders. This Advocate provides services to clients/foster children who are being represented by attorneys on the foster care team by analyzing problems based on client information and case investigation. The Advocate then consults and collaborates with a foster care attorney to develop a case strategy. 


Responsibilities and Duties

  • providing case management services
  • conducting psychosocial and/or needs assessment
  • monitoring the placements of foster children
  • participating in meetings with service providers, schools and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to ensure that the foster children receive appropriate services
  • seeking appropriate placements for foster children in the community
  • assisting foster children to gain access to Medicaid funded medical and behavioral health services and community resources to assist the foster children in obtaining education, training and accommodations for their disabilities


Qualifications and Skills

  • Master's degree in Social Work / related field plus two years related experience, or Bachelor's degree in Social Work / related field plus four years related experience
  • Knowledge of human development and social work theory and practice, local and statewide social services, organizations and programs and the resources available.
  • Knowledge of the child welfare system and/or family law.
  • Assessing the medical, psychosocial and environmental status of clients, referring clients to appropriate social services organizations and programs and interviewing and obtaining information from clients and other sources.
  • Demonstrated functional knowledge of complex laws, regulations, and programs on both the State and Federal level affecting foster children or people with disabilities.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment, but also independently
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish preferred


Benefits

  • Paid insurance: health, dental, life, long term care, long term disability.
  • Vision discount plan
  • Tax-free spending and savings accounts for healthcare related and dependent day care expenses
  • Tons of paid time off: 12+ days of accrued paid vacation per year, at hire, increasing with tenure; 12+ days of accrued paid sick time per year, at hire; 2+ days of paid personal time per year, at hire; 15 paid holidays per year, including the the period of December 24 - January 1; up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child and up to 4 weeks of paid bereavement leave for the death of certain family members
  • 401(k) retirement account including a contribution made by DRTx, regardless of what an employee does or does not contribute pre-tax or roth
  • Flexible schedules, compressed work weeks, and opportunities to work via telecommuting are available for certain positions
  • Certain employees may be eligible for student loan repayment assistance and forgiveness programs


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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