Family Services Specialist I

Virginia Dept of Social Services - Local
Alexandria, VA
Oct 09, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
The Family Services Specialist I provides intensive services to children and families who are involved with Child Welfare Services. A Family Services Specialist I assists the Family Services Specialist II's, the client and other professionals in achieving goals set forth in case plans focused on the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.The primary purpose of this position is providing program support to the Center for Children and Families/Child Welfare Services. The work is sensitive in nature and involves children at risk of abuse or neglect, children in foster care, and their families. The Family Support Specialist I utilizes therapeutic techniques and other direct practices to assist clients with a variety of functional challenges. They carry out tasks requested by Family Services Specialists II in accordance with federal, state, and agency guidelines. The work frequently involves home visits which may present unpredictable client behaviors or environmental hazards in the home. The position will require an ability to respond quickly in crisis.Selected duties are done independently with regular consultation with the Family Services Specialist IIs and other professionals. Supervision is received from a child welfare supervisor.Examples of Duties:Provide individualized parent coaching to prevent foster care placement and promote reunification in foster care cases;To engage parents in developing and complying with child welfare service plans that outline mandated tasks that address reasons for child welfare involvement and ensure permanency;Provide therapeutic parenting services during supervised visitation by observing parent and child developmental behaviors, assessing clients' and families' potential strengths and challenges, and redirecting parent and child behaviors for the purpose of improving safety and parent-child relationships;Provide therapeutic casework support in the community by conducting home visits for support functions, provide services related to planned or emergency placement of children or other emergency assistance, and link clients to needed services and community resources;Document all client contacts in the OASIS online records system; assist Family Services Specialists in completing paperwork such as vital records, IV-E, Social Security, FAPT, and ICPC applications; request, obtain, and file required documents for child welfare case records; writes reports and gathers statistical data;Participate in multidisciplinary Treatment Team Meetings, Family Group Conferences, and Family Partnership Meetings to communicate the family's strengths and challenges and contribute to the development of family and team action plans;Maintain professional development to support best practices in child welfare; attend and present at trainings that increase child safety, stability, permanency, and family connection;Actively participate on City and/or agency committees for continuous practice improvement in public services; assumes special projects;Collaborate with colleagues in assigning referrals for service among team members;Other duties as assigned.Minimum QualificationsMinimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia).Employees must possess a valid driver's license.Preferred QualificationsSome experience in case coordination of emotionally/physically abused/neglected children's population; Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish.Special RequirementsApplicants may be subject to a Criminal History Background search, Central Registry search, and/or pre-employment drug screen.The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI), local agency checks, employment verification and references, verification of education (relevant to employment), credit checks (relevant to employment) and other checks requested by the hiring authority.This position is covered under Code of Virginia A' |63.2-1601.1 or A' |63.2-1720 requiring the finalist candidate to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information for a criminal history record check through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and a search of the Central Registry.All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory results of the required checks and screenings.Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplications/resumes for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications/resumes will not be accepted. This website will provide a confirmation receipt when the application/resume is submitted for consideration. Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application/resume. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.Name Human ResourcesPhone 703-746-5960FaxEmailAddress

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