Kaleidoscope Inc, a non-profit, charitable organization located in Chicago, Illinois is looking to fill the position of Intact Family Specialist.
Our agency was founded in 1973 on the premise that youth with emotional and behavioral challenges would be better served in their home state. Today, our mission 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 value our employees and seek to provide them with opportunities for professional growth. We offer our employees on-going attachment and trauma-informed clinical training, flexible work schedules, competitive pay and excellent benefits package.
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.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Degree Required: 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, 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
Additional Salary Information: Kaleidoscope Inc. provides competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, free vision, life and short term disability insurances to all full time staff, 403b retirement plan, and generous paid time off. Kaleidoscope Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.