Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides interdisciplinary family defense legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues is presented, including substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, and mental health.
Dependency Advocacy Center provides zealous legal representation to indigent clients in the juvenile dependency system to promote timely reunification and preservation of families in a safe, healthy environment. DAC believes that every parent and child entering the dependency system has a right to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
This is a full-time/exempt, in-house social worker position working with a dynamic group of attorneys who represent parents and children involved in the child welfare system. As part of an interdisciplinary advocacy team, DAC social workers provide clinical expertise to support attorneys in presenting clients’ legal positions to the court. Roles and responsibilities include completing individualized needs assessments, providing referrals to resources in the community, ongoing case management, assistance in system navigation, interfacing with various service providers, providing clinical assessments, observing parent/child visitations, supporting clients at court hearings, providing expert testimony in litigation, writing reports to the court on the client’s behalf, and attending non-court based meetings, including CFT (Child Family Team) meetings.
• Graduate degree, preferably a Masters in Social Work
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
• Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment
• Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
• Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
• Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
• Bilingual skills, including fluency in Spanish, preferred
• Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities
• Knowledge of community resources in Santa Clara County
• Experience in child welfare, risk assessment and safety planning strongly encouraged
Salary range is $65,000 to $75,000 annually. Benefits include medical/dental/vision, retirement, and generous vacation time.