Sr. Social Worker ( Foster Care)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

$42,631.54 - $49-026.27

Closing Date
February 16, 2020
Posted February 7, 2020

Agency Name
Forsyth County Department of Social Services

Work County

Job Contact
Cheryl Jeffries, Sr. H R Consultant Forsyth County Government Human Resources Department 201 N. Chestnut Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Email: (336) 703-2404 (336) 727-2193 - Fax

Job Location
741 N. Highland Avenue
North Carolina
Job Description

The Forsyth County Department of Social Services (FCDSS) is seeking to hire a Sr. Social Worker for its Foster Care Program . The Foster Care Social Worker has the responsibility for assisting families in developing permanent plans for the children who have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Permanent plans include reuniting children with the parent or caretaker from whom they were removed, assisting with the process for an approved caretaker or relative to obtain custody, or adoption. This is a position that provides mandatory services for children in the custody of FCDSS. Distinguishing Features:  Foster Care Sr. Social Workers must visit the children and families in their caseload in the child's home setting routinely, attend school based meetings, potentially attend court hearings, attend community based meetings regularly, and respond to emergency situations quickly.  They also work diligently with children around well-being needs including trauma symptoms, special needs, placement needs, educational advocacy, and court involvement. These efforts on behalf of children and families are vital in meeting federal and state mandates and achieving permanence ina timely manner. This position requires excellent assessment skills, sound judgment, and the ability to serve children and families from all socioeconomic backgrounds with a range of mental capacities without personperience:al bias.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also necessary. Primary work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of the families served within mandated timeframes.   Minimum Education and Experience: Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or; Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and completion of the Child Welfare Collaborative or; Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and one year directly related experience or; Master's degree in counseling in a human services field and one year of social work or counseling or; Bachelor's degree in a human services field from an accredited college or university and two years directly related experience or; Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and three years of directly related experience. Valid driver's license required. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) are a plus. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: -  Collaborating with the family to provide ongoing assessment of their needs; -  Reviewing and monitoring progress on established goals; -  Referring families to appropriate community resources; -  Completing required documentation and paperwork and; -  Working within the guidelines of state-mandated timeframes. There will be regular court reviews on all cases and the Sr. Social Worker will be responsible for writing court reports and presenting the information in court.
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