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Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) represents approximately 30,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. We also provide legal representation for our clients on a wide range of matters that impact their lives including housing, education, employment and immigration. We are one of the largest public defense providers; representing people who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.

BDS' Family Defense Practice (FDP) represents parents and caregivers accused of neglect or abuse by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in Brooklyn Family Court. FDP advocates for clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-paced setting. Additionally, BDS has an Integrated Defense Practice that collaborates with BDS’s Criminal and Family Defense practices to represent clients facing charges in both criminal and child protective proceedings.

BDS seeks a social worker to join the Family Defense practice who would be willing to potentially transfer to the Integrated Defense practice after approximately one year.


Responsibilities:

·      Partner with attorneys and parent advocates to provide comprehensive legal representation and determine case strategy to clients facing child welfare allegations.

·      Advocate for clients at agency case conferences

·      Conduct psychosocial assessments, develop service plans, and refer clients for services

  • Communicate with external service providers about clients' needs
  • Conduct home visits
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed

·      Additional duties as assigned.


Qualifications:


·      Licensed Masters in Social Work in New York State, or a master’s degree in Social Work and willing and eligible to become licensed.

·      Excellent writing, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.

·      Willing to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong preference will be given to applicants who have experience working with mental health issues, family court, and/or the child welfare system.

·      Social workers bi-lingual in Spanish or Mandarin are strongly encouraged to apply.


Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full-Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Location

195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Gittel Kagan at gkagan@bds.org. In the subject header, please “Family Defense Social Worker.” 

Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices. We are focused on equity and inclusion and thus strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, you may contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at cwallace@bds.org.

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) represents approximately 30,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, primarily indigent criminal, family, and immigration defense. We also provide legal representation for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 10, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

On-site
177 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Meghan Downes at gkagan@bds.org.

In the subject header, please “Family Defense Social Worker.” 

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Meghan Downes at gkagan@bds.org.

In the subject header, please “Family Defense Social Worker.” 

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