CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST(UPWARD MOBILITY) - SPRINGFIELD
Company: State of Illinois
Posted on: November 15, 2023
CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST(UPWARD MOBILITY) - SPRINGFIELD
We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing
diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee
backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our
ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills
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Date: Nov 13, 2023
Springfield, IL, US, 62702
Job Requisition ID: 32786
Agency : Department of Children and Family Services
Closing Date/Time: 11/29/2023
Salary: $5,456/mo - $8,140/mo (Anticipated salary $5,456 - Step
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1
Supervisor: Heather Hofferkamp
This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the
relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to
the filling of this position.
All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST
apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois
employees should click the link near the top left to apply through
the SuccessFactors employee career portal.
Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax,
hand delivery) will not be considered.
Please be aware that although this title is subject to the Upward
Mobility Program, you DO NOT have to be enrolled in the Upward
Mobility Program to apply. Qualifying state employees who are in
the Upward Mobility Program should follow the Upward Mobility
Policy Guidelines when applying for this title.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking
an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to
serve as Permanency Specialist. Under general supervision, this
position will provide professional child welfare casework services
to children and families, determining the need and coordinating the
placement of children in substitute care facilities. Additionally,
the position will conduct interviews with clients and professionals
to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and
development of treatment plans. This position provides a great
opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and
interested in playing a role in ensuring the safety and stability
of children and youth. DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan,
excellent benefits, and a pension program. The ideal candidate for
this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong
communication skills. We invite you to join our innovative team to
help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and
families of Illinois.
1. Serves as a Permanency Specialist which provides experienced
professional casework services to children and families; determines
the need and coordinates the placement of children in substitute
care facilities; provides recommendations and testifies in court as
to client history and future plans of client behavior; provides
assistance in the preparation of witnesses for testifying and
prepares studies ordered by the court; participates in the
administrative case review process; informs clients of their appeal
rights and procedures and assists clients in the initiation of
appeal rights; establishes goals for children and parents; prepares
reports on progress or lack of progress toward goal; coordinates
the development of a comprehensive, family-centered, culturally
relevant assessment of children and families; maintains ongoing
assessment of needs and strengths; evaluates the progress of the
family toward attainment of minimum parenting standards, as well as
the effectiveness and appropriateness of utilized services toward
the goals of family preservation, family reunification, or another
appropriate permanency outcome for the child; provides feedback to
the family regarding progress; on a rotating basis, assigned to 24
hour "on call" duty in addition to normal assignments, to ensure
that services are provided as mandated by statute and policy.
2. Works with intact families and children in home and/or
substitute care; develops service plans to address needs of
families within agency timeframes; evaluates service delivery and
reviews service plans and permanency goals, making changes to meet
the needs of the child and family.
(Job Responsibilities continued)
3. Conducts interviews with clients and professionals to obtain
information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development
of treatment plans; counsels on available concrete and supportive
services and available therapeutic services and provides same;
implements service plans with families; provides services directly
and/or makes referrals for services; provides support, guidance,
and coordination to foster parents and service providers; monitors
to ensure appropriate visits occur between parents and children in
placements and siblings not placed together; drives to field
locations to conduct on-site interviews.
4. Transports clients when taking protective custody, when placing
them in substitute care, and when changing placement location;
transports clients to appointments (i.e., court hearings, medical
appointments, counseling sessions, police station, etc.) and to
necessitate the delivery of client services.
5. Prepares and maintains case documentation for planning,
implementing, and evaluating services; completes various agency
forms, including case notes, payment, eligibility, visitation, and
court reports; prepares statistical and narrative reports.
6. Participates in case staffings to facilitate case transfer and
participates in multi-disciplinary diagnostic and technical staff
conferences to assess needed services; provides input into
supervisory conferences and consultation with other disciplines for
casework planning; obtains information of community and agency
resources seeking specialized services for clients; develops and
maintains working relationships with community and other state
agencies, providing interpretation of agency responsibilities.
7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are
reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.
Preferably requires a master's degree in social work; or a master's
degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one (1)
year of directly related professional casework/ case management
experience related to family preservation, family reunification,
adoption, youth development, counseling and advocacy services or a
Requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one (1) year of
directly related professional casework/ case management experience
related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption,
youth development, counseling and advocacy services or a related
Requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field and
two (2) years of directly related professional casework/ case
management experience related to family preservation, family
reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling and advocacy
services or a related field.
The college or university issuing a bachelor's or master's degree
must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be
approved by the Council on Social Work Education.
1. Requires a valid driver's license, daily access to an
automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance
2. Requires the ability to pass a background check.
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