Foster Care Caseworker
 Brentwood, NY

The Family Foster Care Caseworker provides an opportunity to explore and work with all aspects of the Child Welfare System. In this position you will provide comprehensive casework and support services for children and families involved in the foster care system under the guidance of a Foster Care Supervisor. Utilizing the ChildSuccessNYC and Solution-Based Casework models, the worker will engage with and build a partnership with each family that pragmatically focuses on the necessary skills that ensure safety and restore the family’s confidence and competence. Each family will develop a specific action plan with the caseworker to address the relevant concerns that led to placement, so they can work together to create meaningful change and achieve permanency, i.e., a stable and appropriate family situation for children.

  • Manage a caseload of up to 10 active children and 2 suspended payment children.
  • Fulfill duty of Mandated Reporter, which entails reporting any suspected instances of child abuse or maltreatment.
  • Attend required initial and in-service training, including training on the ChildSuccessNYC and Solution Based Casework models.
  • Achieve and maintain certification in CANS-NY.
  • Utilize Solution Based Casework model and practices.
  • Establish contact with children, birth parents, and foster families within 48 hours of placement.
  • Conduct face-to-face and home casework contacts every month to assess child safety, provide support, and discuss progress towards permanency; additional contacts to be conducted as needed.
  • Gather, organize, document and maintain both electronic and paper records containing all casework activities for each child and parent within mandated time frames.
  • Complete CANS-NY assessment semi-annually on each child.
  • Meet semi-annually with families in Permanency Family Team Conferences (SPRs – Service Plan Reviews) to review progress towards safety, permanency, and child well-being.
  • Complete semi-annual Family Assessment and Service Plans (FASPs) regarding the status of the family’s action plan and progress towards permanency.
  • Adhere to appropriate communication strategies when working with youth, birth parents, foster parents and stakeholders.
  • Meet with Supervisor one-on-one on a consistent basis to discuss safety and permanency issues of caseload.
  • Prepare court reports and other legal documentation to provide updates regarding casework with families.
  • Testify in family court proceedings regarding the status of cases.
  • Make referrals for services for children and families both internally and externally.
  • Coordinate and participate regularly in conferences with families, children, and foster parents regarding safety, permanency and well-being.
  • Coordinate, supervise, and assess visits weekly between parents/family resources and their children, using proper observation and coaching methods.
  • Be available 24/7 to handle crises or emergencies, such as psychiatric hospitalizations, whenever they occur.
  • Communicate and work effectively with SCO foster care support staff such as Youth Skills Coaches, Educational/Vocational Specialists, Parent Advocates, and medical and mental health staff and with NYC Children’s Services, outside medical and mental health centers, schools, consultants, other SCO programs, and all other relevant parties.
  • Adhere to SCO’s personnel policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • SCO Family of Services is an equal employment opportunity employer
  • Education/Degree: Bachelor’s degree required for Family Foster Care, BSW or MSW preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission and programs of SCO Family of Services.
  • Continued employment contingent upon certification in Solution Based Casework and CANS-NY
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and CONNECTIONS.
  • Strong time management skills, diligence, resilience, and ability to work in a unit or team
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, a strong sense of empathy towards our populations served, and a passion for the field of child welfare.
  • Ability to respond to the unique developmental needs of children in different stages of maturation including early childhood, school age, or young adulthood.
  • Desire to work with children and families that have histories of chemical dependency, mental illness, neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, different cultural backgrounds, and varying socioeconomics statuses.
  • Work competently, compassionately, and without judgment with individuals who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who may be in different stages of discovering or disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Ability to work varying schedules that may cause you to work in excess of your regularly scheduled hours or weekends if necessary.
  • Willingness to travel within each of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Upstate New York, or more distant locations if necessary in order to visit all of our clients’ residences, which may be in lower income neighborhoods, prisons, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and various shelter or rehabilitation facilities.