Social Service Worker I
State of Kentucky
 Frankfort, KY

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is a multi-faceted agency that provides services and program to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and , engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.

DCBS seeks a Social Service Worker I who is driven to succeed in helping people and advance family self-sufficiency. With professionalism and integrity, our agency offers services to families to ensure safe, stable homes for the children of the Commonwealth.

The Social Service Worker I is a skilled team member, providing a vital link between the children, families and local community partners. The employee is expected to perform at the highest quality to ensure services to the vulnerable citizens. This is a demanding position that requires maturity, self-discipline and ability to work overtime.

Career growth is encouraged through training and mentoring. Benefits include health and life insurance, flexible work schedules, paid sick and vacation leave, and retirement benefits.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Investigate allegations of child abuse, neglect, and/or dependency
  • Meet with family members to determine the merits of a report of child neglect and/or abuse
  • Meet with other interested parties such as school and medical staff in order to gather additional information
  • Complete detailed assessments based on the facts obtained during home visits and meetings with interested parties
  • Work with families to create a case plan for addressing and correcting issues within the household
  • Make referrals to outside community resources to assist the family in overcoming identified barriers and to keep children safe in a permanent home and promote their wellbeing
  • Enter case information into the computer
  • Complete court reports as needed
  • Provide testimony during administrative and judicial hearings
  • Work closely with community partners such as law enforcement, school systems, counselors, and shelters

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working with families and/or children
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • A willingness to work as part of a team

If you are interested in a challenging, yet rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in your community, we would love to review your application for a Social Service Worker I with DCBS.

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Minimum Requirements

EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, marriage and family therapy or a related field.




SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): If appointed to the Cabinet for Families and Children or to the Department of Juvenile Justice, an employee in this classification must furnish to the appointing authority within one month of appointment documentation that he/she possesses a valid driver's license and must maintain a valid driver's license for the length of employment in this classification

Working Conditions

Performs job duties in an office/facility or residential program setting and visits clients and/or families at their residence. Provides emergency services on 24-hour basis, including accepting referrals and completing investigations at any hour without prior warning. As a result of enforced intervention, the worker runs the risk of physical harm.

Probationary Period

This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 9 months, except as provided in KRS 18A.111.

If you have questions about this advertisement, please contact Kristin Toy at or 606-674-6308.