Family Services Specialist II - Family Preservation Worker (Albemarle)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Virginia

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This is the full performance level in the occupational group for Child Welfare Services Workers. Employees are responsible for developing and implementing individualized service plans involving the application of casework methods and applicable program policies. Supports and assists clients with safety, personal, family, social, health, and economic needs. Empowers the client/family to attain their highest level of self sufficiency. Employees may provide services in one or more of the following program areas: Child Protective Services; Foster Care; Adoption; Family Preservation Services. Typically employees perform tasks independently and only seek supervisory guidance on unusual situations or when policies and procedures require supervisory review or involvement.

Duties include:
Interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility. Provides and/or coordinates services within specific area of responsibility. Assesses cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of children and their families, and develops and implements sophisticated psychosocial case plans which integrate psychodynamic, systemic, medical, and social-ecological casework approaches. Provides direct counseling, applying family-systems treatment models to complex, multi-problem family situations, in such a way as to strengthen families and prevent family dissolution. Plans, oversees and participates directly in court intervention to protect children and to achieve goals of permanent placement for children. Informs clients of specific and related service programs, rules/regulations, and right to participate. Presents cases in supervisory, team and other settings to determine appropriate services and writes/implements service plans. Provides case management services and monitors outcomes of services. Assesses, secures, and monitors financial resources for which the child is eligible (e.g. social security, child support, etc.). Follows the requirements for finding authorization and service payments for services and maintenance costs for foster children. Completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements, including documentation entered into OASIS. Coordinates with other agencies and participates in multi-disciplinary and interagency teams providing services to customers. Serves as resource to clients and the community in area of expertise. Provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child welfare. Participates in staffing of emergency shelters as required. Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area.

Working knowledge of: social work principles and practices; social, economic and health problems; institutions and the methods of the helping process; individual and group behavior. Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development, family structure and dynamics, the impact of handicapping physical and mental conditions on families, and crisis intervention. ability to operate a motor vehicle; skill in using personal computer with associated software; ability to identify social problems and needs and to assess the ability to individual and families to utilize services in problem solving; ability to accept the rights, responsibilities and differences of others; ability to work effectively through counseling and other methods with individuals and families in helping them solve their problems; ability to plan and organize work; ability to understand and interpret laws, policies and regulations; ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, other professional and technical staff, social agencies and the general public; ability to plan and organize work; ability to prepare reports and maintain records.

Preferred Qualifications
Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Work license are desirable. Masters degree preferred. Prefer extensive experience in a Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) or at a related human services agency performing child welfare services. Prefer working experience in a Virginia LDSS. Prefer experience working in OASIS. Prefer experience with and considerable knowledge of CPS, Foster Care, and Adoption policies. Prefer experience with assessment of individuals and/or families to determine their service needs.

Special Requirements
Valid Virginia Driver License with driving record meeting agency standard.

Provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child welfare. Must be willing to travel occasionally overnight.

Participates in staffing of emergency shelters as required.

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