Immigrant Social Worker - Bilingual Spanish

Location
Harlingen, TX
Posted
Jan 12, 2017
Closes
Jun 14, 2017
Hours
Full Time
Summary: As an integral member of the immigration team, this position will be primarily responsible for overseeing the child welfare assessments accurately and adequately. This role will track progress of all cases and assist faculty in providing training, placements, and referring trafficking cases to the appropriate parties

    Tracks each new placement and progressVisits ORR-funded care provider sites and regularly interviews children in order to complete release recommendations and recommendations on placement in the least restrictive setting with services in the best interest of the child.Provides timely and thorough review, assessment, and recommendations on family reunification to ORR. Recommendations, made in collaboration with care provider and ORR, may include straight release, release with post-release services, home study prior to release consideration, or denial of release to sponsor.Participates in case staffings with care provider staff and ORR on a weekly basisAssists care provider staff in identifying any special needs of the childrenProvides weekly case status reports to ORR. Confers weekly with ORR to discuss difficult cases utilizing knowledge of child welfare juvenile justice, mental health, and ORR policies, in order to provide placement, transfer, and release recommendation based on the best interests and special needs of the child. Assists ORR in complex cases to evaluate the best interests of the child.Makes placement recommendations for children who require more specialized levels of are, in collaboration with care providers and ORR.Provides targeted child-welfare based technical assistance, as requested by ORRWorks with care provider and ORR to identify potential victims of human trafficking. Tracks potential trafficking cases referred to ORR and ensures that eligible children are referred for benefits and services. Collaborates with care providers on creating safety plans for potentially trafficked children.Participates and assists in area taskforce (coalition) meetings.Refers to ORR any release reconsideration or case file requests received by the minors' attorneys.Refers attorney, DHS, or other stakeholder inquires that requires Government attention to the ORR designee.Keeps records on the status of children's cases including those awaiting travel arrangements.Alerts ORR to disputed age determinations.Prepares written reports regarding progress and issues related to program trendsAssists in identifying services or placement for children who are approaching age 18.
 

Education  

    MSW or equivalent educational background; at least two years of demonstrated child welfare; case management; social service; and/or mental health professional experience
 

    BSW or equivalent educational background; at least five years of demonstrated child welfare; social service; case management; and/or mental health professional experience
  

Qualifications
    Experience working with immigrant; refugee; and underserved populations is preferredVerbal bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish
 

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