Adoption And Kinship Assistance Specialist Ii (social Service Specialist Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Full Time
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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.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Under general direction of the Adoption and Kinship Assistance Supervisor, the Adoption and Kinship Assistance Specialist II performs task independently to protect children and build family resilience as articulated by local, state, and federal policies and laws.

This position is a member of the Foster Care and Adoption (FC&A) Resource and Support Program and performs the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provides clinical casework services for a caseload of children adopted from foster care and their adoptive families
  • Supports the family through advocacy, case management, crisis intervention, and referrals to community resources
  • Uses trauma-informed practice and strength-based approach to assess the family’s needs
  • Offers coaching to parents to find the most beneficial services to meet their child’s special needs
  • Processes applications and requests for services from adoptive families
  • Determines eligibility of services through adoption assistance and kinship guardianship assistance
  • Negotiate contracts and services for families and processes financial paperwork
  • Documents case notes into electronic case record and automated data system
  • Participates in Family Resources Meeting (FRM) and Family Partner Meetings (FPM)
  • Attend Family Assessment and Planning Team meetings (FAPT)
  • Attends Review, Evaluate, and Direct (RED) Team and Case Consultation meetings as a representative of the program.
  • Works a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekend dependent upon the needs of the program
  • May be part of an 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 two 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 or related field
  • At least two (2) years of experience in child welfare (i.e. child safety, permanency, and wellbeing) and/or mental health
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check.

This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).

Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations Sufficient mobility to travel outside the office, county, and state for client contact, court appearances, and community events. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology, including but not limited to computer and cellular phone. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to attend home visits and meetings not accessible via public transportation. Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Panel interview, may include practical 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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