Assists in providing a variety of culturally relevant, bi-lingual, non-professional auxiliary services for children and families in support of case related goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintain current knowledge of and provide non-professional auxiliary services and assistance to clients, under the direction of social worker and casework supervisor in accordance with applicable contractual, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.
- Provide transportation for foster children to and from medical appointments, during placement or replacement, and with social worker to clinics, other agencies, etc.
- Supervise children during appointments either at home, in offices, or at other appropriate sites.
- Maintain a resource file and become acquainted with the procedures and operations of various medical and/or educational facilities in the community, which provide services for children.
- Observe and document activity related to the child and foster parents; report observations to social worker with case responsibility.
- Develops and maintains complete progress notes for assigned cases utilizing computerized software.
- Obtain reports (e.g. court reports, school reports, birth records, etc.) and resource information from other agencies on behalf of social worker as assigned by supervisor.
- Assist the social worker with case assessments pertinent to development of casework plan.
- Assist the licensing social worker with home evaluations, renewals and training activities.
- Handle post-foster care inquiries in accordance with agency policy and practices.
Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification
- Associate's degree in human services or related field. Bachelor's degree in social work, human services or related field preferred.
- One year experience in child welfare or refugee resettlement program preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Willingness and ability to demonstrate compassion, non-judgmental attitude, and empathy towards persons served.
- Ability to maintain a helping role; intervenes when appropriate.
- Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished orally or in writing.
- Ability to effectively resolve problems involving routine but, involved situations.
- Ability to work constructively with staff, clients, and representatives from agencies.
- Ability to read, speak and write English; communicates effectively, both orally and in writing. Bilingual in language of persons served preferred; able to translate in both written and verbal forms.
- Legible handwriting; ability to write simple and complex sentences with proper use of grammar and word order.
- Reads, understands and interprets case record information necessary for contract, licensing, FIA and court compliance.
- Ability to add, subtract and multiply.
- Ability to utilize basic computerized software applications.
Additional Work Requirements
- Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record with reliable transportation suitable to transport person served. Proof of current automobile registration and insurance.
- Extended hours may be required.