Child Welfare Case Workers

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Child Welfare

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

**Please note that we recruit for this position on an on-going basis in order to build a talent pool of potential candidates. When a position becomes available, we will review applicants at that time.  Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.**

Methodist Children's Home Society is looking for dedicated, passionate, and detail-oriented Placement Case Workers for our Child Welfare Program. The ideal candidates have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or other related field, and have experience working in a Licensing, Adoption, or Foster Care role at approved Child Placing Agencies. CWTI training is also a requirement. Cross training in multiple areas is a plus.

MCHS offers a wealth of benefits for our employees including: generous paid holidays & time off, full benefits (100% of premiums covered by the employer; no cost to you), a wonderful 80 acre campus, tuition reimbursement, pension plan, and a dedication to growth & promotion from within. 

DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Assess children and families by providing training, casework, and support to ensure services are completed for the prospective child and family; provide follow-up services and supervision to the adoptive family after placement; participate in the agency’s adoptive home recruitment program.
  • Formulate case plans, write case reports, complete required legal documentation, and maintain case records within agency and DHS time frames and requirements; perform associated office work, such as compiling statistics, preparing reports, maintaining files, and copying as necessary.

  • Represent the agency in court, accurately testify to the progress of cases; attend all required hearings and meetings pursuant to cases, clients, children, and families; make assessments and recommendations based on the best interest of the client.

  • Assess the ability of potential foster families to provide care to children and their ability to maintain compliance with foster home licensing rules; complete initial, annual, and renewal evaluations of prospective and currently licensed foster homes; investigate complaints that relate to the care of children in the foster home to ensure the home maintains compliance with licensing regulations.

  • Operate within the guidelines of the Employee Handbook, program’s Operations Manual, and DHS Policies and Procedures.

BASIC COMPETENCIES

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human behavioral science such as Social Work or related discipline where 25% of the course credits earned town the degree are in human behavioral sciences with one (1) to three (3) years’ experience in a social services agency required;
  • Masters of Social Work (MSW) with experience working in an adoptions program preferred.
  • Child Welfare Training Institute (CWTI) training required.

The Knowledge of:

  • Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, LMS, MiSACWIS, etc.)
  • Principles and practices of social work, including the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Michigan Department of Human Services policies and procedures.
  • Family and child dynamics.

The Skills and Ability to:

  • Effectively engage children and adults
  • Manage time and multiple priorities, meet deadlines.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, foster parents and adoptive families, and the public.
  • Exercise professional judgment in making decisions.
  • Appropriately handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Attend training and maintain necessary certifications and licenses.
  • Maintain a Michigan driver’s license and driving record that allows the operation of an agency or personal vehicle for agency business or to transport clients as needed.

Driving Requirements

Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Methodist Children’s Home Society will review driving records of candidates as part of the interviewing phase of the selection process. Candidates that do not possess an acceptable driving record will be disqualified from this particular recruitment.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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