FOSTER CARE CASE MANAGER/TRAINEE
This position may be filled at the trainee level depending upon qualifications. A training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of 24 months. At the end of the training period, the employee must meet experience, training, proficiency and certification requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the one-year probationary period will begin.
The Child and Family Services Division is hiring an experienced clinician to be a Foster Care Case Manager. This Case Manager will plan, organize, and coordinate service delivery to help children and families work toward permanency; to support children in maintaining and improving their relationships with family; and to ensure children's safety and well-being are prioritized and addressed. The Foster Care Case Manager will work collaboratively with family members and professionals within an integrated system of mental health and child welfare services. Permanency planning goals for children may include returning home, placement with relatives, and/or adoption. The employee serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population.
- Performing assessments to determine appropriate case plans of action for abused or neglected children and adolescents;
- Providing crisis intervention services and referrals;
- Completing relative, kin and resource family searches to identify potential caregivers;
- Assessing potential foster/families to determine best fit for a child and providing post-placement supervision;
- Facilitating connections with birth families and other relatives through visitation and on-going contacts;
- Completing monthly visits with each child and families; and
- Complying with mandates for service delivery including court reviews, record documentation, and administrative/statutory requirements throughout the foster care and adoption process.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.
Full Performance: Master's Degree in Human Services, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline, all of which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic, treatment, and case management services plus two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical social work services, one year of which should include experience in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, or child protective services).
Trainee level: Master's Degree in Human Services, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline all of which require a clinical practicum involving diagnostic and treatment services in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, or child protective services).
Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of professional clinical social work experience. In the case of such substitution, the remainder of the qualifying work experience must have been gained after the higher level degree was awarded and must be in child welfare.
Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
- Working with the court system;
- Family group facilitation in clinical services to include individual/family therapy; and/or
- Virginia licensed or license eligible as a clinical social worker.
A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check
Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am- 5 pm. Flexibility is required as the Foster Care Case Manager will be providing coverage after hours and on weekends, on an on-call basis, for emergencies involving abuse or neglect of children and adolescents, and for situations requiring immediate attention regarding children in the legal custody of DHS.
Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.