Foster Care And Adoption Specialist Iii

Annandale Va 22003, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Apr 03, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Supports the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). If you are looking to work in a diverse community to strengthen the well-being of children and families, then this opportunity may be ideal for you. We invite you to learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, by clicking here.

Please note: This a re-announcement of job ID 20-01223, if you previously applied, you must re-apply to be considered. Also, this requisition may be used to fill other vacant FC&A Specialist III positions in the Division of Children, Youth and Families.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: The FC&A Specialist III is a member of the Foster Care and Adoption Program and performs the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Provides advanced clinical casework services for a caseload of children in foster care and adoption and their parents and caregivers. Casework services are focused on permanency planning through comprehensive assessments, service plan development, identification and implementation of services/resources, crisis intervention and brief counseling
  • Submits service plans to court and provide testimony to the court regarding the status of the youth and family towards permanency planning
  • Records case information in an electronic case management system and completes the required documentation to obtain funding for client services according to state and local policy
  • Participates in required trainings and meetings, may serve as a representative on workgroups, and may contribute to development of written product
  • Develops partnerships with community agencies to provide a holistic approach to service delivery, guaranteeing the collaboration and coordination of services offered to foster children and their families
  • Serves as a leadership role in the team which may include supervising staff in the absence of the supervisor, representing the supervisor in meetings, and training/mentoring new staff
  • May be required to be on-call rotation that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The appointee for this position must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA):
  • Knowledge of child protection laws, rules, and regulations
  • Knowledge of foster care and adoption laws, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resource as needed
  • Knowledge of childhood trauma and attachment
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work
  • Knowledge of current social service problems and methods/approaches to address issues
  • Ability to analyze case information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics and confidentiality of client information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals
  • Ability to schedule and manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines

Note: All Fairfax County Government employees are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct. In maintaining a drug free workplace, employees are prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, possessing, using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while at work or on county premises.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus three years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement .

Valid driver's license.

  • Master's in social work (MSW) degree.
  • Experience in child welfare and /or mental health.
  • Knowledge of childhood trauma and attachment.

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check.

Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Sufficiently mobile to make home visits and attend meetings and community events outside the office. Must be able to lift a child weighing up to 40 pounds and to carry and diaper infants. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Panel interview and may include a written exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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