The Social Worker position takes a family-centered, trauma focused approach to service delivery, acts as the treatment team leader and takes primary responsibility for support and consultation to foster parents, birth families, children, and to other team members involved in providing services to the children in care. Provide therapeutic interventions in support of the foster parents, birth families and children and advocate for, coordinate and link children and families with needed service.
- Conduct on-going clinical assessment of the child’s progress and needs.
- Based on this assessment, in conjunction with the treatment team, develop a written service plan for each child outlining specific goals and when /how these goals will be met.
- Maintain case files and documentation for children, foster families and biological families in accordance with state regulations and agency policies.
- Provide consultation and support to foster parents.
- Visit with foster parents weekly; lead monthly group supervision with foster parents
- In conjunction with the DCF, provide support and consultation to the biological families of foster children to enhance the child’s relationship with family members. Encourage regular contact and visitation between children and family members as indicated in the case plan. Seek to involve family members in plans and decisions regarding the child.
- Monitor foster homes to assure their on-going compliance with state laws and regulations; assess foster parents’ performance with them as part of annual re-certification process.
- Facilitate and support constructive relationships between biological and foster families.
- Assist in provision of New Parent training and recruitment of foster families.
- Attend appropriate trainings for position as required
- Occasionally transport children to and from locations on an as needed basis (i.e. visits, appointments, court, etc.).
- Bachelor’s or higher degree in social work or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred
- Social work experience with children and families required
- Minimum of one-years’ experience providing case management and/or counseling services to children, adolescents and families
- Eligibility for Massachusetts Social Work License required
- Driver’s license and vehicle required
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work with diverse populations. Proficient in basic computer skills and Microsoft Office. Ability to navigate and document in clinical computerized patient care records.
- Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well; Team Player: Works well as a member of a group; Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity