Bilingual Child Welfare Specialist

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.

Duties

1. Provide comprehensive case management services to SOS children, including assessment, referral, placement supervision, service plan formulation and implementation, and appropriate involvement with the SOS and biological families. Act as a partner to Foster Parents in times of need.

2. Maintain complete, accurate, and current service reports on children and families served including timely written case notes, six-month summaries and permanency reports as required and/or requested by DCFS and SOS. Conduct quarterly audits of client files.

3. Ensure that a healthy, safe and secure home environment and a consistency of care is provided to the children, including but not limited to, ensuring that the children received proper medical, dental and emotional care as required.

4. Advise and consult with the Client, Foster Parent and Child Welfare Supervisor to ensure adequate understanding of the case dynamics and the needs of the Client.

5. Coordinate effectively with DCFS and other community agencies for the maximum utilization of available resources to address the service goals of the cases assigned.

6. Work in conjunction with the Child & Family Services Coordinator to develop a working knowledge of community resources which may be used in serving clients and maintain a close working relationship with these resources.

7. Act as a Liaison to the Foster Parent Enrichment Coordinator and Child & Family Services Coordinator

Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or related field.

2. Proficient speaking, reading and writing skills in English and Spanish.

3. One year Child Welfare Experience preferred.

4. DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure required.

5. Ability to work with DCFS, courts and other social service systems.

6. Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including CANTS/SACWIS and SORS.

7. Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable transportation.

8. Ability to travel between both Villages and surrounding communities.

9. Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.

10. Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and professional manner.

11. Ability to work in a team environment.

12. Strong communication and organizational skills.

13. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

14. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.

15. Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.

16. Ability to work flexible hours.

17. Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.

18. Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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