Foster Care Social Worker
Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. We provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.
Join our dynamic team of social workers providing services to children/youth in foster care placement. Our social workers are field based, which means only one duty day is required in the office per week. This field-based model allows our social workers to focus on the needs of the clients and families and make meaningful impact in their lives. The services you will be delivering as part of our team will be culturally relevant and trauma informed.
In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:
- Competitive salary
- Medical insurance with a $10 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan
- Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan
- Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
- Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit
- 401 k with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule
- 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually
- Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable positions
- Sign-On bonus of $4,000 for Therapist and Social Workers
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
The essential functions include:
Consultation and coordination with assigned County Social Worker (CSW) from Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS);
Planning for treatment, reunification or permanent placement;
Provide Case Management services to children placed in foster homes certified by the Bienvenidos Foster Family Agency, developing written treatment plans for the child during the initial 30 days of placement, quarterly thereafter, and a final termination summary;
Monitor and ensure appropriate standards of care provided by Foster Parents to foster children placed by Bienvenidos;
Oversee and/or assist Foster Parents access, use and compliance to adequate medical care and support services for children placed in their home;
Consultation with Foster Parents and children with regard to behavioral and psychosocial adaptation;
Consult with supportive service providers, such as medical and psychiatric professionals, educational instructors, baby-sitters;
Maintain current, timely and complete documentation for file records, i.e., contact notes detailing visits to the foster care home, quarterly reports of the child's developmental growth and experience in foster care, medical and academic progress, and visitation and reunification outcomes with the natural family;
Accurate and timely documentation and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect as per BFFA policy and state mandates;
Compliance with the Title 22 regulations and agency policies; and
Complete Home Studies for Resource Families
Might be required to take on-call after-hours shifts as outlined in ?Foster Care and Adoptions after Hours Response Policy?.
Performs other duties and special projects as assigned by supervisor.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Communication Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, office personnel, other employees and the general public
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents
- Ability to speak a language other than English if required based on case load
Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
- Ability to work independently and with others ? including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
- Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
- Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
- Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
- Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy
Physical Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
- Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
- Ability to reach with hands and arms
- Ability to use computer keyboard up to 50% of the day
- Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
- Lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:
Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook) and data/electronic records program currently in use
Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required
ADDITIONAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Regularly work indoors and in the community in a variety of environments
- Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATES
- Masters degree in social work or marriage/family therapy
- Bilingual in Spanish
- Minimum 2 years of case management experience
- Valid California driver's license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier
Every employee has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in one or more activities each year that support the continuous quality improvement (CQI) of Hillsides' programs & services. Activities might involve membership on a CQI committee or work group, service as a peer reviewer, data collection for CQI and evaluation purposes, completion of CQI questionnaires and surveys or participation in focus groups, or other activities as identified by CQI committees or work groups.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE (TIC)
Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.
This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues. All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.
Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer