Innovative, bilingual proven Social worker with over 15 years in diverse environments. Focused on developing positive working relationships through effective communication while being culturally-sensitive.
Participated in DCFS Leadership Development program in 2006.
Participated in Tri-Cities Leadership Class 17 in 2011-2012.
Current member of Peer Support Team; trained in Crisis Intervention.
Certified Trainer for Building Bridges Workshop.
LIST certified in Spanish.
Assess degree of risk and assess service needs for DCFS families. Draws up a safety plan with families in order to address areas of concerns that may place the child at risk of harm. Develop case plans consistent with state and federal requirements aimed at remediating parental deficits and meeting children's developmental needs, utilizing locally available resources in the most efficient manner. Provides services, as appropriate and within guidelines, to families and children in need. Refer families to outside agencies in order to address parental deficiencies and familial issues. Establishes formal and informal linkages to support the family that extend into the future enabling clients to develop and maintain these linkages for themselves.
Working collaboratively with parents, foster parents, and children who are in a state dependency. Understanding and applying new and existing child welfare laws, policies and procedures concerning child abuse and neglect service standards governing job assignments; preparing for or giving court testimony; preparing and providing timely/ complete legal documents for court appearances. Developing resources directly associated with assigned cases.
Implemented a new program in the Richland office legislated as a result of the Bram lawsuit. Conducted a screening within 30 days that addressed five domains for children placed outside their family homes; developmental both physical and emotional, education, health, and social/cultural. After completing the screening; shared findings and recommendations with appropriate parties.
Implemented the SSI position to the Richland office. Utilized independent judgement and knowledge of childhood disabilities , conducted assessments of the child's medical, social and developmental barriers to determine if eligible to meet the Social Security disability criteria.
While doing this position created and implemented a liaison position between the Richland DCFS office and our local Community Service office; which was implemented State wide.
Interviewed clients to gather information in order to determine which state and federal programs they were eligible for. Programs included federal and state welfare services.
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