The mission of the Family Court is to protect and support children brought before it, strengthen families in trouble, provide permanency for children and decide disputes involving families fairly and expeditiously while treating all parties with dignity and respect.
This position is located in the Domestic Relations Branch of the Family Court Operations Division. The purpose of this position is to provide decision-making assistance in cases in which child custody is disputed to the judicial officer presiding over the case by parent and child observations, conducting home study investigations, including home and school visits and interviews with other family members to assemble a comprehensive report based on factual observations.
The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.
- 50% or Greater
- Travel within the District of Columbia (DC) Metropolitan area. Travel includes but is not limited to home and school visits.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, psychology, sociology, or other related social science field and one (1) year of training or experience in assessing the psychosocial functioning of children and families.
Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history record check will be conducted.
The incumbent must have a valid motor vehicle operator's permit/license or driving record. Please submit a copy of your motor vehicle operator's permit/license or driving record or your application will not be considered.
Documentation of Education (copy of your academic transcript or degree) must be submitted with your application, or your application will not be considered.
To qualify based on education, upload copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, the list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.
- Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
- Documentation/Proof of Education (e.g. college transcript or degree)
- List of professional references
- Driver's License/Copy of driving record
The Custody Investigator responsibilities include:
- Conducts investigations at the home and school of the child, to include objective observations about the child's residence or another location that they frequent; interviews with parties to the case and other types of fact development as specifically ordered by the Court.
- Reviews collateral sources of information related to the care and well-being of the child, e.g., educational, medical and legal records pertinent to the issue of custody.
- Maintains appropriate case documentation, i.e., all contacts, documents or other possible forms of evidence on which an investigation could rely.
- Supports custody assessor(s) with data collection, observations and contacting collateral sources.
- Maintains case confidentiality.
- Writes investigation reports within a time standard specified by the Order of Appointment.
- Provides reports to the Court and all parties as specified in the Order of Appointment.
- Attends court hearings, when necessary.