Children's Services Social Workers work under general supervision and provide highly skilled, intensive casework services to children and their families. Provision of services to a difficult caseload requires exercising discretion and using judgment in assessing and working with the needs of children and families and providing casework consultation within CFS and to outside agencies. This classification series is distinguished from the Social Worker classification series for having responsibility for children and family welfare service cases. It is further distinguished from the Psychiatric Social Worker Series in that the latter provides clinical counseling/therapy and requires a clinical license. CFS is responsible for addressing child abuse and neglect on a 24/7 basis. As such, some assignments are required to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Additionally, this position is subject to on-call shifts. Some shifts may include a differential rate according to the AFSME MOU (link).
As a field, child welfare work is challenging and stressful, but also extremely rewarding. They are exposed to children and families dealing with trauma from their experience with abuse and neglect, financial hardships, addiction to alcohol and other drugs, mental health issues, and racism. Working in child welfare requires engagement with families who may not trust our agency to build and/or strengthen their support systems. Outstanding organizational, time management and writing skills are absolutely critical to your success as a child welfare worker as you support children and families while coordinating with the courts and service providers. While you will spend much of your time doing paperwork, it is your time with families that will have a lasting impact. Many children and families experience their social worker as the one person in their life who made a difference, sometimes altering or impacting the course of generational or historical trauma experienced. We are grateful to support the resiliency of children and partner with families and their relatives, communities, and Tribes who care greatly about them. If you are ready to commit to this great and challenging work, we welcome your interest in this field.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Mastery of core Child Welfare Services competencies, including alignment with the national goals of promoting safety, permanency, and well-being when working with families
• Master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work that includes an internship
• Experience and/or knowledge of Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) behaviors (link)
• Experience with various techniques in interviewing, family engagement, and problem solving with families of diverse backgrounds
• Experience with trauma informed assessment and intervention
• Value for addressing racial disparities and disproportionality within child welfare
• The ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities