Dedicated Child Protective Services professional highly skilled in responding to reports of child abuse or neglect. Approaches task with a calm and objective eye, and with the well-being of all involved in mind. Prior worked as an Educational Director of a Daycare recruiting devising lesson plans,and supervision of teachers, kitchen and maintenance staff.
Calm under pressure
Able to engage difficult clients
09/2010 to Current
Child Protective SpecialistNYC Administration for Children's Services – Brooklyn, NY
Review history of newly assign cases and investigate allegations of abuse/neglect.Interview family members, assess child safety and parent's capacity to protect.
Timely scheduling for Family Team Meetings/Child Safety Conferences and referral for preventive services.
Collateral contact with Source of reports, medical /educational staff, NYPD, extended family, neighbors, etc.
On going collaboration with Sup II, Service Providers and Consultants to address detriments to child safety.
Complete 865D, consult with FCLS, testify in court and follow up with directives.
Managed caseload in compliance with agency timeframes and mandates.
09/2008 to 09/2010
Child Protective Specialist SupIINYC Administration for Children's Services – Brooklyn, NY
Case assignment/review, discussion of family history, formulate hypothesis for abuse/neglect and address worker safety.
Review/approve Safety Assessments, 25 Day Reassessment and Investigation Conclusions.
Assist with Field Visits, BFC and interviewing family members as needed.
Facilitate/attend Family Team Meetings, Child Safety Conferences and collaborate with CPM, FCLS, Consultants and PPRS/CBO.
Devised strategies for reduction of child neglect and therisk of future abuse.
Monitored caseload and pending rotatation of CPS and review of pertinent documents in case records.
Weekly Unit meetings to coach/support staff,evaluate worker competence, self-determination and identify need for appraisal and/or training.
06/2007 to 09/2008
Child Protective Specialist INYC Administration for Children's Services – Brooklyn, NY
Assist CPSII in building Unit performance, providing assistance/ support with home visits, documentation, court appearances and referrals.
Ongoing conferences with SupII to discuss case progression and CPS performance.
Ensure timely submission of 2921, FASP, COI, I&R and court reports.
Record case assignment in pending books and review of case documents and records.
Assume responsibility for Unit functioning in the absence of SupII.
09/1998 to 06/2007
Child Protective SpecialistNYC Administration for Children\'s Services – Brooklyn, NY
Conducted home visits, interviewed family members, Source of reports and made collateral contact with medical providers, teachers, neighbors, and service coordinators.
Reported to immediate Supervisor regarding family dynamics, interaction and functioning.
Mediated during family crisis, provided empathy, support while encouraging the need for change.
Expeditious documentation in Connections, completion of referrals, UCR and 2921.
Removal and transportation of children to/from home, placement, hospitals, court and between various ACS locations.
MSW: Clinical Social Work Hunter College School of Social Work - New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts: Human Services Audrey Cohen College - New York, NY