Social Worker ( Visitation)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

Hiring Range: $36,826.73 - $42,350.73 Annually

Closing Date
January 24, 2021
Posted January 14, 2021

Agency Name
Forsyth County Department of Social Services

Work County

Job Contact
Human Resources Department Forsyth County Government Winston-Salem, NC 27101 336 703-2400

Job Location
741 N. Highland Avenue
North Carolina
Job Description

The Forsyth County Department of Social Services is seeking to hire a full-time Social Worker to serve the primary purpose of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children (birth - 21 years old) in Forsyth County who have been reported and/or adjudicated by Juvenile Court to be abused, neglected, dependent, or delinquent juveniles by facilitating the visitation process.  This Social Worker will supervise and coach visitation interactions with parents and their children to ensure children are visiting in a safe environment; this is accomplished by providing observation, praise, mediation, coaching, and redirection as needed. Visitation interactions and activities must be documented to address appropriateness, needs and outcomes of the parent-child interactions.  Participation in Child and Family Team meetings and Permanency Planning Review meetings is expected. Collaboration and communication with social workers, GAL's, and other case involved parties is required. This Social Worker will participate in treatment teams and provides input to Social Workers on case plan recommendations for helping parents and families become successful toward an identified plan of permanency.  The person hired for this position may be responsible for providing transport for child(ren) to and from supervised visitation at the Department/Community Venues/Homes, medical appointments, and school as needed. Primary Work Schedule: Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Flexibility in scheduling is needed to meet the needs of the families served and teh mandated time frames. Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work or; Minimum Qualifications Master's degree in Counseling or; Four-year degree in a Human Service field or related curriculum including at least 15 semester hours in courses related to Social Work or Counseling and six months of Social Work or Counseling experience or; Four-year degree and one year of experience in Counseling or in a related Human Service field which provides experience in techniques of counseling, casework, group work, or community organization. A higher education level may be considered as a substitution for all or part of the experience requirement. Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking candidates are a plus. Valid driver's license required. Requires a working knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices and the ability to apply these skills to the work with children and families; Considerable knowledge of family and group dynamics and a range of intervention techniques and skills in establishing rapport with a client and assessing social, behavioral, and interactional dynamics of the families served. Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Reviews visitation request forms and engages in case staffing to identify safety and supportive measures for visitation; - Assesses and evaluates parent/child interactions for children receiving foster care services in an effort to provide a welcoming, supportive, visitation experience and sustain the identified permanent plan; - Determines the strengths and needs regarding the parent/child interactions and provides coaching, feedback, praise, and redirects as needed; - Documents observations during visits and shares information with assigned Social Worker; - Maintains a case file for each family in the required manner and ensures documentation contained in the file is current; - Attends and participates in planning meetings to discuss progress and concerns; - Attends court proceedings to provide visitation information during juvenile review hearings as needed and; - Completes documentation in a timely manner.
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