SSS1 (Permanency Worker)
Human Services-Children, Adults & Families - Bend, OR

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DHS is about people. We help Oregonians be independent, healthy, and safe. We protect children who are abused or neglected. We provide treatment services to people whose lives are damaged by alcohol and drugs. We serve seniors, people with disabilities, and people with mental illness. We help low-income people along the road to self-sufficiency with health coverage, job preparation, childcare and other supports. Our services are delivered in the least restrictive setting and in partnership with communities. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees.

This employment opportunity is with the Children, Adults and Families Division. There is one, full-time position located in Bend. This position is represented by a union.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall these positions will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The position p rovides intensive time-limited casework services to children in substitute care and in their own homes. Completes a Protective Capacity Assessment and identifies, assesses and monitors the Conditions for Return to facilitate reunification of the child. The major duties include:

Monitors the safety and well being of the child by maintaining on-going contact with the child per department policy and procedures. Facilitates child’s adjustment, assess developmental progress and treatment needs, explain planned changes and prepare child for transitions including return home and adoption.

Facilitates visitation of children in care with parents and other significant family members. Directly observes visits or other parent-child contacts to assess relationship and provide feedback and counseling where appropriate and make appropriate arrangements for transportation for the visits.

Provides case management services through referrals and regular contact with service providers for parents and children to coordinate services and assess progress.

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Meets regularly with clients to develop and maintain professional working relationships with them which encourages, assists, and empowers them to make needed changes. Maintains availability to clients by phone and field and office appointments.

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Facilitates visitation of children in care with parents and other significant family members. Directly observes visits or other parent-child contacts to assess relationship and provide feedback and counseling where appropriate and make appropriate arrangements for transportation for the visits.

Attends the Child Safety meeting and works with CPS worker and families to develop a safety plan for the children.

Develops a treatment plan for all legal parents, utilizing evaluation information (psychological, treatment reports, etc.). Involves clients (and supportive extended family members and others where appropriate) to develop service agreement or court ordered conditions. Addresses cultural issues in plan. Communicates clearly with clients about expectations, contacts planned, time lines and benefits and consequences of compliance or non-compliance. Utilizes Safety meetings, FDMs and common case plans with other DHS divisions and community partners.

Provides case management services through referrals and regular contact with service providers for parents and children to coordinate services and assess progress.

Confirms the ongoing out of home safety plan.

Works closely with the parents and schools to assess the child’s achievement of appropriate academic goals.

Provides direction and support to families in appropriately meeting the individual needs of their children.

Communicates clearly with clients about expectations, contacts planned, time lines and benefits and consequences of compliance or non-compliance.

Face to face contact with children in foster care regularly (minimum once a month) to assure well-being, facilitate adjustment, assess developmental progress and treatment needs, explain planned changes and prepare child for transitions including return home and adoption.

Monitors the safety and well being of the child by maintaining on-going contact with the foster parent per department policy and procedures.

Works in partnership with foster parents through regular meetings and telephone contact, exchanges information, provides support and consultation, and coordinates services.

Provides and exchanges information with the foster parent on court hearings, CRB, medical, education, mental health, visitation and other treatment for child’s needs and case plan information.

Reviews each case record received for completeness, including identity and whereabouts of all legal parents, documentation of births, divorces, marriages, ICWA status, etc. Gathers any missing information and social history, including culture and language issues of children and parents.

Completes regular documentation requirements of OAR, policy and procedures. Maintains case file including correspondence, treatment reports, and other documentation. Generates referrals and payments and maintains documentation. Completes other forms and maintains data.

Maintains case file including correspondence, treatment reports, and other documentation. Generates referrals and payments and maintains documentation. Completes other forms and maintains data.

Attends court hearings, makes case presentations, prepares concise and comprehensive court reports, testifies and makes recommendations to court when requested.

Attends Citizens’ Review Board Reviews and provides verbal and written reports.

Provide backup Child Protective Services coverage to other staff in the branch providing child abuse assessments for abused children.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Travel. You must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. If not, you must be able to provide an alternate method of transportation.

Transporting children/clients, requiring the ability to drive safely with distractions.

Working a flexible work schedule as a condition of employment. This means that the hours of work may vary from day to day and may include evenings and weekends. Work schedule specifics will be determined by the hiring supervisor.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's or higher level degree in Social Work/Human Services or a closely related field; OR

A Bachelor's degree in a field not closely related (to Social Work/Human Services) and one year of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing).

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES

Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes will be invited for an interview.

Child welfare program experience.
Experience investigating reports alleging child abuse or neglect.
Experience evaluating foster home applicants .
Experience evaluating adoptive parent applicants, conducting pre-adoption training sessions and conducting individual and family interviews .
Experience gathering information to assess family situations and determining appropriate substitute care for children.
Experience screening and assessing clients for appropriate community referral or eligibility for programs related to human services.
Experience preparing and maintaining narrative documentation of the activities concerning individual client cases.

Experience working with families from diverse cultures.

Additional Information:

The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications to have a valid email address. DHS will communicate with all applicants by e-mail.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call 503-945-5698 (voice) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

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