Talented Caseworker adept at handling high Caseloads without sacrificing quality of care. Able to operate in high-pressure environments while recommending the best resources and courses of action to benefit the needs of families and children and return each to optimal quality of life.
•Taking over cases from Investigation caseworkers after children are removed from their homes and placed in care outside their homes.
•Determining each child's needs and arranging for additional testing, evaluations, records, or further assessments they need.
•Conducting home studies of family members or family friends (kinship providers) who might care for the child.
•Making sure the people who are caring for the children have what they need and keeping them informed about the case.
•Working with children, families, and communities to plan for a child's permanent living arrangement.
•Finding potential permanent placements for the child by meeting with parents, family members, and other people who are important to the family.
•Making sure families get services to keep their child safe and help them keep their child at home.
•Meeting with children, parents, family friends, or foster homes in public as well as in their own homes.
•Visiting children at least monthly to see if the child feels safe where they are living and to ensure their needs are being met.
•Participating in court hearings. This includes preparing a family before the hearings, preparing court reports, and testifying in court about the child's needs, the family's progress, and the department's efforts to achieve permanency for the child.
•Transitioning children back home and providing support to the family until the legal case is closed.
•Documenting casework activity.
•Maintaining good working relationships between Child Protective Services staff and law enforcement officials, judicial officials, legal resources, medical professionals, and other community resources.
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