Kinship Specialist

Saint Francis Community Services Garden City, KS

Bachelor's degree in Social Work or Human Services field from an accredited college or university and licensed to practice in the State of Kansas LBSW/LMSW/LMFT/LPC

Completes assessments of relatives and kinship for placement of children and makes recommendation for placement.

Completes KBI and CANIS background checks for prospective kinship families.

Determines and recommends services needed by the child and family, in order to maintain placement.

Completes safety plans, as needed, with kinship families.

Completes and maintains written documentation in child/family's case record accurately and within established time frames.

Participates in supervisory and kinship team meetings, sharing pertinent information about children/families' progress, collateral contacts and relationships with other agencies/communities.

Provide intervention for clients in crisis.

Liaison with DCF and court system.

May participate in court proceedings.

Supports kinship workers and kinship families to maintain placements and help children work toward permanency.

Serves as primary contact for designated Area Kinship Workers.

Determines caseload distribution for designated Area Kinship Workers.

Initially approves all leave time for designated Area Kinship Workers, with final approval from Area Director.

Assists Area Director and Lead Region Kinship Specialist in developing the agenda and presentation of material for Area Kinship meetings, as needed.

Participates in office team meetings and Program Improvement meetings.

Implements SFCS policies and follows directives as required. Follows and adheres to all pertinent SFCS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), rules, personnel policies and procedures; related accreditation and licensure standards; and federal, state and local rules, statutes, regulations and contractual terms.

Reports unusual incidents through appropriate Risk Management, clinical and safety channels.

Ensures clients' rights are protected. Makes sure all clients have received their rights and maintains a signed copy in each file.

Is knowledgeable of and follows all safety procedures.