As part of the Treatment Team, the Client Location Monitor implements and documents search efforts for all TLP/ILO youth who are identified as missing from placement. Utilizing UCAN’s Clinical Philosophy, the Location Monitor facilitates healing through trauma informed services and Positive Youth Development in order to repair relationships and stabilize placements.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Search and Location Services
Develops and implements a location and stabilization plan for each identified missing youth. Actively searches for youth in areas they were last seen, communities of friends and relatives, and previous placements. Obtains historical address data from DCFS CYCIS CM07 & SAWIS, caseworker or supervisor. Develops and strengthens partnerships with the following entities in order to improve location efforts and process overall: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Caseworker and previous caseworkers Prior foster parents, relatives, and biological parents Department of Corrections Community Programs Police Department Others as identified by Client Location Monitor and supervisor Communicates daily or as needed with above entities, and all other parties associated with the missing or recently located youth regarding the status of the case. Troubleshoots chronic instances of youth missing from placement.
Documentation and Reporting
Makes frequent reports to the caseworker and supervisor on progress of location services. Maintains accurate, complete and timely client records and data as required by UCAN and IDCFS. Manages and updates Evolv to document location efforts. Maintains thorough documentation of all communication and search efforts on daily basis. Tracks, analyzes, and reports outcomes in Evolv-in a case note. Writes monthly reports summarizing the location unit progress and status. Reports all possible critical incidents and unusual incidents to supervisor, management, or DCFS as required by UCAN or by mandated reporting law. Reviews daily Whereabouts Reports and determines youth who are out-of-placement for 48 hours.
Client Outreach and Engagement
Performs persistent outreach to high risk youth that are difficult to engage. Engages resistant and/or mandated youth by building trusting relationships. Coordinates, implements, and monitors a plan with caseworker with strategies to locate the missing youth. The plan will include a list of expectations for both the monitor and the caseworker. Explains UCAN’s TLP/ILO services to youth and their families while linking them to resources in efforts to reengage the youth. Provides mediation support to youth when concerns regarding TLP placement/program arise. Provides outreach to client, family members and other significant people in the youth’s life to maintain contact and to develop resources for the youth. Develops effective helping relationships with youth and their families.
Teamwork and Networking Maintains regular contact with TLP Community Support staff to identify the whereabouts of youth. Gathers a list of supports for the youth from case manager, case file and other resources. Assesses and monitors the safety of youth in current living arrangement and makes any needed recommendations for appropriate placement. Assesses and monitors the safety of clients in current living arrangement and makes any needed recommendations for appropriate placement. Assists caseworker with developing an appropriate placement plan to ensure youth stabilization. Collaborates with the service team in order to provide resources, mediation, and intervention necessary to assist with placement stabilization and prevent repeat offenses.
BSW or BS/BA in Human Service field required. Licensed Child Welfare Services Employee or license eligible preferred. 3+ years of experience working in youth services, transitional living, child welfare, or crisis intervention.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications: Is open and respectful of cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and is willing and competent to work with a diverse client population. Has an understanding of trauma-informed practice Has an understanding of Positive Youth Development. Ability to engage resistant youth, using a variety of methods. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Working knowledge of the child welfare system. Ability to work both independently and a part of a high functioning team. Experience and ability to use computers for data entry, communication and report writing Car and valid Illinois driver’s license and insurance required. Ability to transport children in accordance with IDCFS regulations.
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled ...organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities, one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.