Kaleidoscope Inc, a non-profit, child welfare organization located in Chicago, Illinois is looking to fill the position of Intact Family Specialist.
Founded in 1973, our mission today is to empower children, youth and families impacted by abuse and neglect to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships. Our vision is that all children and youth have the opportunity to enjoy safe and healthy lives nurtured by responsive adults.
At Kaleidoscope, we stake our reputation on providing the highest quality child welfare services to children, youth and families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. The work we do is both challenging and rewarding. To accomplish this high level of success, we place the utmost value on our employees and seek to provide them with opportunities for professional growth through supportive supervision, ongoing attachment and trauma-informed clinical training, small caseload ratios, flexible work schedules, competitive pay and excellent benefits.
The Intact Family Services (IFS) Specialist is responsible for providing a variety of community and home-based case management services to assigned families with the goal of promoting safety, wellbeing and permanency.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Demonstrates agency clinical philosophy in all aspects of program activities.
Promptly responds to new IFS referrals by participating in the supervisory hand-off and transitional visit within the specified time frame.
Develops and documents thorough initial and ongoing assessments of each assigned family.
Collaborates with the family team to develop, review and modify service plans that address assessment needs related to safety, wellbeing and permanency.
Prepares for and attends school staffings, court hearings and other meetings regarding the assigned families.
In consultation with supervisor, makes recommendations to DCFS and court personnel on services, visitation and placement.
Monitors the safety and wellbeing of assigned children/youth through face-to-face visits in the home and community, as required.
Consults regularly with professionals and family members to ensure quality service coordination and communication.
Provides support and information to parents in the safe and nurturing care of children with the goal of providing a stable home which meets the child/youth’s needs.
Ensures that client case files are complete through completing and/or obtaining required, consents for release of information or authorization for treatment and current documentation regarding caregiver treatment/services and child medical, developmental, school, therapeutic and other services.
Documents all admission, ongoing and closing activities in a timely manner using approved forms/database.
Maintains an awareness of community resources appropriate to child, youth and family needs, and makes proper use of these resources through referral and follow-up.
Demonstrates a working knowledge of IFS Program Plan requirements, COA accreditation standards and related DCFS and policy and procedures.
Provides on-call crisis response as scheduled.
Completes other duties as assigned by the IFS Team Supervisor.
Minimum DegreeRequired: Bachelor’s degree in social work or social service related degree Degree Preferred: Master’s degree Minimum Years of Experience: BSW - 2 years of social service experience required; Bachelor’s other – 3 years; MSW – 1 year of social service experience; Master’s other – 2 years Licensure:LCSW or LCPC licensure preferred Information Technology Skills Required: Microsoft Office Proficiency Other Requirements: Must possess or pass CWEL, CANS, CERAP, Intact Specialty and other state of Illinois certifications, as required Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and time management skills Full time use of minimally insured, operating automobile and valid driver’s license
About Kaleidoscope Inc
Kaleidoscope is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps Chicago youth cope with the consequences of abuse and neglect within their family system.