To complete the duties involved in adoption services in compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and consistent with the county’s standards of service excellence. These adoption services include assessment and approval of appropriate adoptive families; post termination of parental rights case management services for children who are state wards until they are adopted; provide post adoptive services, including facilitating adoptive parents and children’s support groups, provide search & exchange services; complete interstate compact requests for services including home studies and case management of children in placement.
Assess, provide intervention and case management services in order to protect children from child abuse, neglect and exploitation; to prepare and implement case management plans for the treatment of child abuse, the protection of victims; to participate in legal actions arising from child abuse case activities; and to perform related duties as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required for all positions.
- Completion/coordination of Northstar Adoption Assistance.
- Coordinate with Probation on determining matters of State wards.
- Complete documents for the Department of Human Services and the court for finalization.
- Coordinate medical and educational services.
- Refer for needed services, evaluations, treatment, or MN Choices Assessments.
- Provide support in family and child adjustment.
- Prepare court reports for and attend 90-day court reviews.
- Assess Northstar Adoption Assistance needs using the MAPCY Assessment.
- Utilize all means to secure an appropriate home including media, state register, Child-Specific Recruiters, and contacts with other agencies.
- Gather genetic background, medical history, school records and personal history of the child and complete DHS social/medical history form.
- Coordinate placement with other agency social workers.
- Assist Child Protection workers with Northstar Kinship Assistance eligibility applications and preparing Northstar Kinship Assistance Agreements.
- Complete Out of Home Placement Plans and Independent Living Plans, as applicable.
- Coordinate services with Children’s Mental Health workers, as needed.
- Attend IEP meetings of state wards.
- Provide adoption searches for birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted adults.
- Coordinate the exchange of information between the birth parents and adoptive parents on a minor child.
- Provide supportive services for adoptive families regarding adoption related issues, including support group and grant coordination.
- Review Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) referral information from other states.
- Maintain appropriate communication with ICPC office and representatives from the sending state.
- Meet all Agency standards for time reporting and TCM documentation.
- Effectively engage individuals and families to assess and evaluate needs and strengths, including safety and risk.
- Collaborate with agencies and clients to determine eligibility, need, and level of service for identified clients.
- Construct and implement a Case Plan, which includes necessary assessments, defines goals and objectives, and provides for the direction of service.
- Coordinate and provide direct services and advocacy to clients and families.
- Facilitate access to and integrate community resources on behalf of the client.
- Evaluate, document, and monitor progress toward goals and objectives.
- Maintain and apply knowledge of relevant policies, procedures, and statutes and professional practice.
- Complete agency, state, and federal required documentation as related to client activity according to mandated timelines.
- Close cases based on eligibility or client desire to discontinue services.
- Provide immediate response in crisis situations. Maintain safety for clients and community.
- Develop and implement a safety plan for clients to maximize their safety and minimize community risk.
- Prepares legal documents and testifies at court as necessary.
- Other duties as assigned.
BA/BS in Social Work or closely related field PLUS at least 1 year of Social Work experience or equivalent education plus work experience.
Must have a valid MN driver's license and reliable vehicle.
Desirable experience: Social Worker Foundation training, Signs of Safety training, SSIS training, Child Foster Care Licensing, previous Social Work Investigations/Assessments or Case Management experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Skills needed include interviewing, information collection, assessment, counseling, program development, advocacy skills, leadership abilities, report writing and resource development, maintain objectivity.
- Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all Federal/State laws, Department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position.
- Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of court processes, mental health, maltreatment, and delinquency.
- Demonstrate by personal example the service excellence and integrity expected from all employees.
- Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including sharing knowledge with others and participating in new employee training.
- Communicate effectively and professionally with human services staff, other county employees, clients, and the public.
- Confer regularly with and keep one’s immediate supervisor informed on all important matters pertaining to assigned job accountabilities.
- Represent the County in a professional manner to all clients, professionals, and community members when doing the County’s business.
- Ability to handle confidential and data privacy issues appropriately.
- Ability to handle contentious issues appropriately.
- Ability to solve problems and determine appropriate course of action.
- Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrams or schedule forms.
- Ability to manage crisis situations.
- Work cooperatively with members of management and co-workers.
- Performs job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the County's vision, mission, and values.
- Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and county-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position.
- Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
- Informs immediate supervisor of all-important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities.
- Seeks opportunities for further personal growth and development.
- Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County's business.
- Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment.
Hours of Work: Union position with a usual work schedule of 40 hours per week during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; may include occasional evening and weekend hours.