Foster Care Specialist - Flint
Posted on: September 14, 2022
I. GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES :
Under general direction the social worker provides intensive
family-centered casework services to birth and foster/adoptive
parents and children upon case assignment; works a non-traditional,
flexible workweek including evenings and weekends when necessary,
transports family members using own vehicle when necessary, carry a
pager for access twenty-four/seven days a week, responds to a
family crisis in efforts of maintaining family member's safety and
reinstating family stability, coordinates the provision of
collateral services as required by the State of Michigan laws,
Services Manual Items, Child Welfare licensing requirements and
applicable Service Standards.
II. QUALIFICATIONS: A. Education : Possession of a Bachelor's
degree in one of the following human services areas: social work,
sociology, psychology, forensic psychology, interdisciplinary
studies in social science, education, community development, law
enforcement, behavioral science, gerontology, special education,
education of the emotionally
disturbed, education of the gifted, family ecology, community
services, family studies, family and/or child development,
counseling psychology, criminal justice, human services, or in a
human services-related counseling major.
B. Experience : One-year experience working with families and
assessment skills preferred.
C. Skills : interpersonal skills, time management skills, conflict
resolution skills, computer skills, and documentation skills
D. Knowledge : strength-based family work, solution-focused
treatment, wrap around process, child development, child welfare
laws, foster care policies/process and procedures
E. Transportation : Reliable and ongoing as required to make home
visits and provide transportation to youth and families, valid
unrestricted driver's license, good driving record, proof of
F. Other : State of Michigan Licensing Requirements: Satisfactory
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Central Registry
Clearance and State
Police Record Check, negative TB Test, satisfactory physical
III. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitors and ensures the safety and well-being of all assigned
clients, provide all necessary service referrals and/or direct
treatment services to any/all family members to meet any or/all
individual, family, or program goals, documents all progress for
clients, works cooperatively with any/all service providers,
participates as applicable in all required court hearing.
IV. SPECIFIC DUTIES: Case Management Provides social work services
to families for support/assistance in the process of family
reunification or other appropriate permanent placement, including
any referrals for services as needed, documents all referrals, and
Available to the team and assigned families via cell phone 24 hours
a day 7 days a week. Participate in a system of 24-hour
availability to birth and foster families in crisis.
Advocate by attending/facilitating meetings with other service
providers (court, school, hospital, and any others) as needed in
order to expedite and coordinate services for the family.
Works cooperatively with the Clinical Support, Family
Reunification, Licensing, and Foster Care/Adoption staff, obtaining
consultation and therapeutic services as required for achieving
Work with families to develop treatment plans directed toward
alleviating the conditions that led to the removal of the
child/children. Assist the family with safety plans and provide
crisis intervention as needed.
Educate, teach, and model skills in parenting, childcare,
communication, household management, and other needed areas in
order to strengthen the overall family functioning.
Work a flexible schedule, which meets the needs of assigned
Provides relative or birth parent home assessment (and
documentation) for possible child placement.
Keeps track of the placement of siblings of foster youth,
coordinating service delivery on cases involving split family work
Reports foster home non-compliance to licensing staff.
- Provides direct service as needed to ensure continuous agency
supervision and service provision to birth parents and their
children in accordance with services plans and as required by
licensing and funding bodies.
Keeps supervisor fully informed of case progress and case status
orally and in writing as required: meets with supervisor
individually and in meetings as may be required.
Produces written reports and letters that are organized in thought,
display correct grammar, and spelling, and employ professional
language, meeting Service Standard requirements for content.
Identifies and shares community resources information assists in
the maintenance of the foster care resource manual and resource
Travels to various locations (homes, schools, places of employment,
community resources) and transports youth and families as needed to
facilitate the success of the treatment plan.
Work with Court Prepares and educates birth families and youth on
the Court process, encouraging their participation at hearings.
Attends and represents the agency (consistent with all agency
policies), at all required court hearings, giving testimony, making
recommendations as approved by the immediate supervisor, and
complying with Court and SDM protocol.
In cooperation with an appropriate Supervisor, makes referrals to
Protective Services according to the Child Welfare Laws, assuring
that the agency fulfills its responsibilities as specified by
current policies and procedures of both the State of Michigan and
Spectrum Human Services.
Protects confidentiality, appropriately sharing information for the
benefit of the client, and obtaining releases of information as
Displays professional courtesy by being on time for all
visits/appointments and meetings, canceling or rescheduling
appointments if necessary (ahead of time when possible), and
arranging for coverage during absences.
Attends and participates in all mandatory training, team meetings,
individual supervision, conferences, and staff meetings as
scheduled in order to facilitate peer interaction and
skill-building to help ensure that quality services are
Reads and stays familiar with all Service Standards applicable to
Foster Care Programs, i.e., Department of Health and Human Services
Foster Care Manual items, Child Welfare Laws, Licensing Manual,
Program Manual, Foster Parent Manual, and Foster Care Master
Contracts. Applies these requirements to the day-to-day and ongoing
provision of services.
Assists in the maintenance of the Client Information System by
entering or submitting data as required
Complete any/all computer-generated tasks within specific time
General - Completes any/all tasks and duties as assigned by
Spectrum Administrative staff.
Complies with all Spectrum Personnel Policies and procedures.
Professionally represents the agency's programs and services in the
community through inter-agency committees and organizations and
Maintains assigned case files consistent with agency protocol.
Uses keys, identification cards, office equipment, and supplies:
and all other assigned property appropriately: informs supervisor
immediately if an assigned property is lost, stolen, or broken:
returns all assigned property in good repair upon the termination
Works on assigned committees, completing special projects and
participating in Agency decision-making as needed.
VI. STANDARDS - Court reports are due to the supervisor 10 calendar
days prior to court
- Court reports are due to court 7 calendar days prior to court
- Service plans are due on the due date
- Service plans must be signed by the specialist and supervisor and
uploaded into MiSACWIS by the 14th calendar day after the report
- Children are required to be seen monthly
- Parents are required to be seen monthly
- Parents are required to be seen in their home quarterly
- Siblings are required to visit with each other (outside of
parenting time) at least one time per month.
- Parents shall have visitation according to the age of the child,
up to 3 hours a week
- FTMS are to be completed within 30 days prior to the service plan
due date. The specialist is expected to know the other trigger
dates for an FTM, as well
- Children taking psychotropic medication are required to have an
updated psychotropic consent form annually or any time a medication
- Children are required to receive a Child Bill of Rights
- Children are required to have periodic medical evaluations based
on their age
- Children are required to have at least annual dental
- Medical Passports are required to be completed quarterly and
signed by the primary care physical, therapist, psychiatrists,
specialists, and providers for OT, PT, and speech therapists
- Placement Except for Requests for siblings splits and residential
placements are to be completed quarterly.
The selected candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive
background check including fingerprinting, MVR clearance, DHHS
clearance, and medical clearance (TB test, drug screen, and
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