Kaleidoscope Inc, a progressive child-welfare agency seeks applicants who are inspired to assist young adults currently in the DCFS system to build upon their current life-skills and to help them establish a healthy and effective balance between work, education and independence.
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 Independent Living Program (ILO) Specialist is responsible for providing a variety of community and home-based case management services to assigned youth with the goal of promoting safety, wellbeing and successful emancipation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Demonstrates agency clinical philosophy in all aspects of program activities.
Promptly responds to new ILO referrals by actively participating in apartment searches and admission activities.
Develops and documents thorough initial and ongoing assessments of each assigned youth.
Collaborates with the youth’s chosen team to develop, review and modify Service Plans that address assessment needs related to safety and wellbeing and post-emancipation needs.
Prepares for and attends Administrative Case Reviews (ACR’s), CIPP meetings, and court hearings for all youth.
In consultation with supervisor, makes recommendations to DCFS and court personnel on services and placement.
Monitors the safety and wellbeing of assigned youth through face-to-face visits in the home and community, as required..
Consults regularly with professional and chosen members of the youth’s team to ensure quality service coordination and communication.
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 medical, financial, school, vocational, therapeutic and other services.
Documents all admission, ongoing and closing activities in a timely manner using approved forms/databases.
Maintains an awareness of community resources appropriate to youth needs, and makes proper use of these resources through referral and follow-up.
Demonstrates a working knowledge of ILO Program Plan requirements, COA accreditation standards and related DCFS and policy and procedures.
Completes other duties as assigned by the ILO Director.
Educational 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: Bachelor’s degree requires at least 2 years of experience in social services; Master’s degree requires at least 1 year of experience 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
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.