Family Search Specialist (human Services Coordinator Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$44,998.93 - $74,998.14 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Job Announcement

Supports the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). If you are looking to work in a diverse community to support the permanency and 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: Works a member of the Foster Care and Adoption (FC&A) Permanency & Life Skills (PLS) within the FC&A Resource and Support Program. Under general direction of the PLS Supervisor, the Family Search Specialist identifies and engages with potential kinship caregivers for all youth in care, to promote family connections, permanency, and placement stability. This position performs the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Conducts thorough relative searches for all children at separation, at each placement change and annually
  • Conducts case record reviews/case mining, phone calls, and internet searches to identify family members and other meaningful people who can provide a positive lifelong and permanent connection for youth in foster care
  • Completes initial contact with relatives and or fictive kin to gather contact information, basic demographics, and family information
  • Creates a Family Search report for each search completed
  • Participates in RED Team and Case Consultations using the Safe and Connected Model
  • 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):

  • Possess knowledge of Family Search and Engagement techniques and tools
  • Understand the needs of relative caregivers, parents, children, and kinship placement family dynamics
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including effective presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.

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


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in one of the social or behavioral sciences and one year of experience in full performance level human services coordination work in public, private, or volunteer organization.


Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW), Psychology, or Counseling
Experience in Foster Care and Adoption

Experience working with children and families

Strong computer skills

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background 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).


Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use a personal computer. 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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