At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.
SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.
Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. This highly supportive setting provides children a sense of safety, security, and community, encouraging them on their journey toward healing and reaching their fullest potential.
The Child Welfare Specialist provides services to SOS Illinois children and their families in order to achieve the particular case goal as outlined and explained in the client service plan. They report to the Child Welfare Supervisor and are located at one of our villages in Lockport, Roosevelt Square, or Chicago Village.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide comprehensive case management services to SOS Illinois children, including assessment, referral, placement supervision, service plan formulation and implementation, and appropriate involvement with the SOS Illinois and biological families. Act as a partner to Foster Parents in times of need.
Maintain complete, accurate, and current service reports on children and families served including timely written case notes, six-month summaries and permanency reports as required and/or requested by DCFS and SOS Illinois. Conduct quarterly audits of client files.
Ensure that a healthy, safe and secure home environment and a consistency of care is provided to the children, including but not limited to, ensuring that the children received proper medical, dental and emotional care as required.
Advise and consult with the Client, Foster Parent and Child Welfare Supervisor to ensure adequate understanding of the case dynamics and the needs of the Client.
Coordinate effectively with DCFS and other community agencies for the maximum utilization of available resources to address the service goals of the cases assigned.
Work in conjunction with the Child & Family Services Coordinator to develop a working knowledge of community resources which may be used in serving clients and maintain a close working relationship with these resources.
Act as a Liaison to the Foster Parent Enrichment Coordinator and Child & Family Services Coordinator within the Spanish speaking communities towards identifying resources and foster parent recruitment.
Prepare for and attend required case meetings, ACR’s, court hearings, and staffings.
Submit reports as required by Supervisor.
Perform on-call duties as needed to carry out the responsibilities as required.
Communicate problems and issues within the department to the Child Welfare Supervisor.
Complete all mandatory agency and job specific training.
Represent SOS Illinois in a professional manner to the public and guests.
Comply with all SOS Illinois policies, state, federal, county and city laws, rules and regulations.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Attend general agency staff meetings, in-service education/training, individual supervision, and other meetings as directed by the Village Director or Supervisor.
Work with Foster and Biological Families and provide support when needed.
A bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or related field.
Proficient speaking, reading and writing skills. Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.
One year Child Welfare Experience.
DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure required.
Ability to work with DCFS, courts and other social service systems.
Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including CANTS/SACWIS and SORS.
Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable transportation.
Ability to travel between both Villages and surrounding communities.
Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.
Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and professional manner.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Strong communication and organizational skills.
Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.
Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
Ability to work flexible hours.
Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.
Commitment to SOS Illinois Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.
ADA DISCLAIMER/STATEMENT: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Position responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This position description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
About SOS Children's Villages Illinois
About SOS Children’s Villages Illinois
For 25 years, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families. We are the first self-funded SOS organization in the United States. Since our beginning, we have carried on the successful track record of SOS-Kinderdorf International in transforming children with a broken childhood into caring, productive, self-reliant adults.
In addition, we have pioneered a number of successful programs such as providing SOS Children continued support as they enter young adulthood, and empowering parents to pursue successful reunification of their families. Learn more about us and our model at www.sosillinois.org.