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Youth Permanency Worker

Plummer Youth Promise
4.3 out of 5
Lawrence, MA 01970
$55,000 - $62,000 a year - Full-time

Location

Lawrence, MA 01970

Benefits
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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave

Full job description

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Competitive salary
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Training & development
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness resources

The Youth Permanency Worker will provide ongoing assessment of the individual needs of each assigned child and/or family, establish updates and monitor service plans for assigned clients in collaboration with youth, birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and other members of the clinical/permanency team. Provide casework services consistent with service plan goals. Arrange for therapeutic or related services designed to meet the well-being needs of children, youth and families.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provide ongoing assessment of the individual needs of each assigned child and family, by providing weekly visits to the foster home, attending all meetings pertaining to each youth on caseload & collaborating with all involved in case.
  • Effectively utilize Family Search and Engagement to add to child/ youth’s natural connections driven by youth’s voice and centered on family. Worker will find and engage parents and family to decrease youth’s loneliness strengthen their sense of identity and belonging, increase their family network and develop a safe, permanent parenting relationship.
  • Initiate Safety Parameter meetings with collaterals to clarify any safety concerns that are assessed during beginning and throughout the duration of the case.
  • Complete initial Service Plan on the Virtual gateway and APRICOT within 14 days within accepting the case. Thereafter, APRICOT and Virtual Gateway Treatment Plans and Progress Reviews/Outcome Assessments plans need to be renewed every three months.
  • Consult with youth, birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, historically significant persons, and other professionals, as appropriate, to develop service plans for assigned clients. Updates service plans and goals, as appropriate on a timely manner.
  • Maintain confidential case records in accordance with agency and legal guidelines. Produce all documentation in a timely manner. This includes Progress Notes, Treatment Plans, Progress Reviews, Outcome Assessments and discharge forms. As well as, the Completion of Critical Incident reports (CIR), Permanency tools and all other documents pertaining to youth are required as needed on each case.
  • Provide casework services to assigned clients consistent with treatment plan goals. Provide outreach and in-home services to children and families weekly.
  • Provide and/or refer clients to therapeutic services, after school care, evaluations and any other services that would be in the youth’s best interest. Ensure that planned services, as stated in the service and permanency plan, are provided.
  • Utilize Permanency Readiness to prepare the youth for permanency, including helping him/her clarify his life events and experiences, understand the reason he is in foster care as well as the steps needed to get him out of foster care and back to his family of origin or to an alternate family
  • Utilizes Youth Guided Teaming; plans and organizes Large Team Meetings to assemble a team of people who work together on behalf of the youth in foster care. The youth is always at the center of Permanency Teaming, which engages birth parents, relatives, foster parents, caregivers and other significant adults and professionals, including the Departmental Worker. Together, this team develops and implements a plan for the youth’s safety and lifelong family membership.
  • Provide Transportation for children and youth to fulfill treatment plan objectives.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend and actively engage in all monthly staff meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

COMPETENCIES

Communication: Shares appropriate information to keep people informed; Communicates clearly and effectively in writing and person; Adheres to both written and verbal reporting communication policies.

Conflict Management: focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Keeps emotions under control; remains open to, and listens to, other ideas and tries new things
Will embrace constructive change even if personally difficult to do.

Initiative: Exhibits strong effort and desire to accomplish what is undertaken; expresses opinions in an appropriate manner; Is engaged in the process; Is proactive; Creates program ideas and activities

Self-Awareness & Development: is aware of own strengths and areas of development; open to constructive feedback from others; Works to overcome limitations; Active in professional development.

Teamwork: Works cooperatively with others; contributes to achieve a common objective; Makes decisions that benefit the team; Assists others when needed; Celebrates wins together.

Managing On-going Tasks: Manages the on-going operations of the program; Appropriately manages his/her time; Readiness/preparedness for work; follows program policy and protocol; makes informed decisions.

Quality Management: Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Effectively uses APRICOT as designed to track, monitor and measure progress on cases.

PREPARATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or master’s in social work.
  • Appropriate clinical licensure eligibility required (LSWA , LSW, LCSW,LICSW)
  • At least one-year post bachelor’s degree providing direct clinical services to children and family. Preferably in a child welfare capacity.
  • Valid state driver’s license, reliable vehicle, proof of auto insurance, satisfactory driving history.
  • Excellent verbal, written and computer skills in conjunction with strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in family preservation, reunification, foster care, adoption, and life skills for youth. Knowledge and ability to plan services to meet children’s needs for safety, permanency, and well-being.
  • Need to be on a rotating On- Call Schedule
  • Strong sense of commitment to Plummer Youth Promise Mission
  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish preferred (Bilingual preferred)

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Visual and hearing acuity to perform job functions
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairways.

Flexible work from home options available.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 - $62,000.00 per year

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: In person