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Four Oaks Foster & Adoption - Caseworker (Burlington - IA) in United States

BE PART OF A TEAM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Be challenged and rewarded in your career, get first hand experience! Family Resources is in your career path! Family Resources is driven to be the employer of choice. How you may ask? By the benefits that we offer to our employees:

Medical/dental/vision Flexible benefit & Health Savings Account (HSA)

Paid Holidays (Observe 7 holidays) Personal time

Paid Leave 401(K) Retirement Plan

Employee Assistance Program Self-care program

Group Life insurance Long term disability

**Available to full-time employees

Family Resources and Four Oaks are looking for a solid, resilient, and dedicated Caseworker to work out of the Burlington area. The Caseworker is the single point of contact through Foster Family licensing, Adoptive Family approval, training, matching, and support through closure. This position will serve no more than 35 licensed foster families at any given time.

Position Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with occasional evenings and weekends. 40 hours a week salaried position. Full time benefits offered. This position will cover the following counties in Iowa; Des Moines, Lee, Henry and Louisa

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts pre-screening activities for potential foster families.

  • Writes complete, thorough, and unbiased home study assessments of prospective and current foster and adoptive families, recommending licensure and/or adoption approval and submitting timely to DHS.

  • Meets contact requirements for foster families with or without placements.

  • Supports foster families to keep children stable for as long as placement is needed.

  • Provides pre-service and/or in-service training as requested.

  • Manages match referral assignments when assigned the lead, assure timely completion of matches and modifying work strategies to meet such timeframes.

  • Obtains thorough and complete referral information to assure optimal matches.

  • Assesses strengths & limitations of placement options.

  • Follows troubleshooting procedures when matches are potentially late.

  • Utilizes the RRTS database and local supervisors to locate the optimal match for each child referred.

  • Provides one or more names of Resource Families to DHS/JCS that meet the requested referral criteria.

  • Documents family contacts timely (as they occur) as per matching protocols.

  • Assesses permanency needs of the child/youth

  • Collaborates with stakeholders for case management

  • Travel within the designated area

  • Meeting with families and children in their homes or institutional settings (if applicable)

  • Supporting pre-adoptive families through to adoption to assure stability

  • Appropriate boundary and interpersonal skills

  • Provide on-call rotation as required.

Program Specific Qualifications:

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in social work or a degree in a human services related field plus two years of experience in child welfare is required. Prior experience in working with Foster and Adoptive families is preferred.

Must have current proof of car insurance, able to pass driving background check and have reliable transportation.

Bilingual and/or bi-cultural applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

Family Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer that thrives on Diversity!