Caseworker Postition Available

Title: Placement Services Caseworker
Classification: Child Welfare Caseworker 2 # 06012
Immediate Supervisor: Placement Unit – Casework Supervisor
Positions Supervised: None
Overtime: Non-Exempt
Under general direction, the Placement Services Caseworker is responsible for maintaining program activities in the area of foster care and adoption.
FOSTER CARE DUTIES
* Performs all foster care certification and recertification home studies and submits completed materials to Ohio Department of Human Services to effect licensor.
* Maintains listing of available foster homes and documents information regarding individual family capabilities; participates in matching conference with casework staff to effect appropriate placement of children needing family foster care.
* Serves as liaison and agency representative to Foster Parents; assists foster parents with problems regarding licensor, board rates, clothing needs of children, and other home maintenance activities.
* Arranges appropriate training opportunities for foster parents.
* Effects necessary activities for implementation of IV-E program.
* Arranges for supportive services for foster care providers.
ADOPTION DUTIES
* Performs adoptive home studies for Marion agency families. Registers and updates approved families with OAPL.
* Attends regional adoption meetings. Serves as agency liaison with other child placement agencies. Reviews adoptive home studies submitted by other placing agencies for Marion agency children.
* Maintains listing of available adoptive families; participates in matching conferences with casework staff to effect appropriate placement of children into adoptive families.
* Mails fliers received from other counties of children available for adoption.
* Completes and submits family applications for adoption subsidy.
* Organizes and implements recruitment campaigns for foster and adoptive families. Arranges and conducts informational/educational group meetings and provides appropriate application materials and instructions.
* Maintains foster home case records, including summary dictation, certification materials, and running records of children in placement; maintains adoptive family case records including home study and all supporting documentation.
* Provides post adoptive services as regulated after adoption.
Attends staff meetings, staff training, regular individual supervisory conferences, and other agency or community meetings.
* Testifies to children’s adoptability through Juvenile Court when appropriate.
* Participates in matching of children to appropriate adoptive families; jointly with child’s caseworker effects the adoptive placement.
* Provides follow-up services to children and families to resolve problems and to effect finalization of the adoption.
* Provides on-call, after hours, emergency services according to schedule.
*Demonstrates an ability to work within various computer software programs, such as Microsoft Windows, Access, Excel and PowerPoint and state-wide tracking information systems.
*Attends staff meetings, unit meetings, unit briefings, regular supervisory conferences, agency committees and staff training.
Annually provides four hours of service to agency sponsored/supported events.
* Maintains and increases knowledge and skills through attendance at meetings, conferences, training seminars and in-service training sessions.
* Plans and coordinates service delivery which reflects the standards of best practice, cultural competence, client advocacy and community needs.
* Performs additional duties and assignments, as required.
Performs other activities deemed necessary and/or appropriate by immediate supervisor and/or Executive Director.
QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field. Valid Ohio driver’s license, state minimum vehicle insurance and acceptable driving record. An individual who poses a direct threat to the health and safety of himself/herself or others in the workplace will be deemed not qualified for this position.
* Demonstrates an ability to work within various computer software programs, such as Microsoft Windows and state-wide tracking information systems.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Position requires frequent travel within the agency. Ability to occasionally lift and/or transfer up to forty (40) pounds. May be required to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. May be exposed to dangerous or threatening working conditions requiring the ability to respond appropriately.
* Denotes an essential function of the job

 

Interested Parties should submit their resume to Dan Downes (dan.downes@jfs.ohio.gov) no later than June 13th, 2018 at 4:30 PM.