Foster Care Social Worker II (Visitation Coach)
Family and Children’s Services
December 3, 2021
Posted November 22, 2021
Catawba County Social Services
3050 11th Avenue Drive SE
Catawba County Social Services is committed to making living better through serving children and families with multiple and complex needs. We are seeking individuals who share our common core values: Doing what’s right:
- Providing a strength based approach to coaching interactions between children and families with the goal of promoting children’s who experience foster care’s permanence.
- Facilitating the continuation of family connections for children and families when children must be separated from their parents or caretakers because a child has entered the legal custody and placement responsibility of social services.
- Working cohesively with birth and resource families, children, community and in-agency partners to support and strengthen families.
- Striving for excellence in meeting all mandated standards in a fast-paced and mandated, but rewarding environment that ultimately seeks to assure child safety and develop and reinforce protective family units.
- Provide visitation coaching for parent/child visitations assisting parents and foster parents to learn effective behavior approaches for children through supervision, coaching, modeling, and redirection
- Provide transportation of children and parents to remove barriers and assist in accessing necessary services (court ordered visitation, school, etc.)
- Provide case management activities including but not limited to completion of social histories, calling/interviewing of collateral contacts, evaluation of client situation and assessment of safety and wellbeing of child, participation in Child and Family Team Meetings, informing parents and foster parents of services and coordinating services when needed
- Complete appropriate and timely documentation in permanency planning record including recording all interactions with child and writing of visitation summaries
- Assist agency with after-hours crisis management (placement moves, etc.)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of social work; or
- Bachelor’s degree in a human services field and 1 year of social work experience
- A valid driver’s license with a safe driving record
- Ability to engage with parents and children with as strength based approach
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Excellent interpersonal and intervention skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with other professionals
- Solid understanding of trauma and how it impacts child and families engaged in the child welfare system
- This position is considered light to medium work; lifting up to 20 pounds on a regular basis and 40 pounds occasionally to assist/lift/carry children, car seats, and other supplies.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work is strongly preferred.