Our not-for-profit organization provides services to individuals touched by foster care or adoption in Illinois. One program provides information from closed files and search services to those touched by foster care and adoption through the Department of Children and Family Services. Our second program helps connect various birth family members that were separated by private or private agency adoptions.
We are seeking a full-time caseworker in the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program. Read more about this program on our website: www.macadopt.org. This is a different kind of social service position. While you will rarely work face-to-fact with your clients, your work can have a profound impact on their lives.
Some of the responsibilities include extracting information from closed DCFS files that was requested by people who were in the care of the Department. In certain cases, you will provide clients their entire closed file material with identifying information redacted. What you send may help them better understand their past. Many of our clients want to locate a birth relative. Your job will be to attempt to locate that relative and facilitate a connection if both parties agree. The connection might have been lost many years ago, or perhaps they never knew they had certain birth relatives until they received their closed file information. Other tasks include working within the agency's database to maintain accurate records and keep track of case progress as well as weekly reporting to supervisor. As the position requires a significant amount of writing, the successful candidate will be able to write in a clear and professional manner.
Ideal candidate will have:
Master's degree in Social Work (or related field) or Bachelor's degree with 3 years child welfare experience.
Post-adoption and guardianship casework experience
2-3 years of case note writing experience. Accepted applicants will be required to submit a writing sample.
1-2 years of office-related computer experience
Detail-oriented personality and ability to manage various tasks simultaneously
Fluency in speaking and writing in Spanish would be a plus
Fingerprinting and background check required
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