Employment

CALIFORNIA FOSTER FAMILIES, INC.
JOB DESCRIPTION
SOCIAL WORKER

Social work personnel shall be employed to provide the social services of the foster family agency.

Responsibilities/Duties:

The social worker will be responsible for ensuring that foster parents are providing quality foster care; the home is safe and all needs of the foster children are being met. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following list:

  1. Orientations of potential certified family home applicants
  2. Evaluation and assessment of the application of the potential certified family home
  3. Develops and writes home studies
  4. Develops and writes informational material for educational purposes; conducts workshops and educational and/or training sessions
  5. Evaluation and assessment of a child for placement and continued placement in a certified family home or licensed foster family home
  6. Placement of the child in the certified family home or licensed foster family home
  7. Development and updating of the needs and services plan
  8. Develops, reviews and updates quarterly reports for each child on their caseload
  9. Meets with each foster child and foster parent weekly
  10. Assists child(ren) and parents with problems concerning relationships or other aspects of social and emotional functioning
  11. Coordinated referrals and evaluations of children to interdisciplinary diagnostic teams; serves as a case manger for the referred client
  12. Development and updating of weekly progress notes and case records
  13. Provides pertinent information to the authorized representatives of all children
  14. Ensures that foster parents have the support they need to make the children successful
  15. Supervision of the placement of the child including direct contact with the child and the certified foster parent(s) or foster family licensee(s)
  16. Aid foster parents in completing all required and necessary documentation
  17. Facilitate reunification plans/efforts whenever possible
  18. Provision of support services to certified foster parents or foster family home licensees assigned to the social worker

Minimum Qualifications:

Social worker personnel shall meet the following educational and experience requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree from an accredited or state approved graduate school, as defined in Section 94310 of the Education Code, in social work or social welfare, marriage, family, and child counseling, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology or social psychology.
  • In addition to the degree specifications in Subsection (b)(1) above, all of the following coursework and field practice or experience shall be required of all new hires effective January 1, 1993 :
    • At least three semester units or 100 days of field practice or experience in a public or private social service agency setting at the Master’s Degree level.
    • At least nine semester units of coursework related to children and families, or 18 months experience in working with children and families
    • At least three semester units in working with minority populations; six months of experience in working with minority populations; or six months in-service training in working with minority populations within the first year of employment as a condition of employment.
    • At least three semester units in child welfare, or two years experience in a public or private child welfare social services setting

Social work personnel who do not meet the Master’s Degree requirements specified in Subsection (b)(1) above may apply for an exception provided he/she completes the coursework and field practice or experience requirements specified in Subsection (b)(2) above.

Documentation of the required education and experience requirements shall be maintained in the personnel file.

Knowledge/Ability:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and professional standards in the field of social work
  • Knowledge of the principles of human growth and behavior
  • Knowledge of community organizations and social service programs
  • Skill in communicating effectively, both orally and written, with a variety of people of various socio-economic and educational backgrounds
  • Ability to provide effective conflict resolution
  • Ability to correctly interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in accordance with Title 22
  • Displays high standards of ethical conduct and exhibits honesty and integrity
  • Ability to works and communicate with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail
  • Responds appropriately to supervision and makes an effort to follow policy and procedures
  • Ability to align behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization
  • Ability to maintain a dependable, safe, registered and insured vehicle
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible work schedule
  • Ability and willingness to carry a pager and be available for emergencies and calls after hours and on weekends

Line of Supervision:

The Social Worker reports directly to the Social Work Supervisor who may assign duties listed and not listed in this job description as per the Agency’s need.

Fax resumes to 209.920.3338 or email to Jobs@CAFosterFamilies.com