Come join the Child Welfare team at Jewish Child and Family Services! Our holistic approach to reunifying and helping families heal encourages true collaboration among Child Welfare case managers, clinicians, families, and foster parents – we know that when we work together and develop strong relationships, there are better outcomes for the kids and families we serve. The JCFS Child Welfare program pays close attention to leadership and supervisory support; while the work is challenging, you will have the support and guidance of a skilled supervisor. Our program model encourages professional and personal growth and pays attention to the overall health and well-being of our employees.
Families come to the JCFS Child Welfare program after something so serious has occurred, that the state determines the family cannot live together. The work of a JCFS Child Welfare employee is to help families find the path to come back together, in the way that’s right for them. We do this difficult and rewarding work through collaboration, trauma awareness, and a curious approach to family dynamics, culture and race.
We are always excited to add to our team of hard working and dedicated employees, please take a moment and see if this is the right job for you!
The JCFS Child Welfare program is looking for someone who can help new and existing foster parents navigate both the concrete documentation parts of being a foster parent as well as someone who can be sensitive to the emotional parts of this as well!
As a licensing representative, you will meet prospective foster parents, interview them and consult with the full supervisory team when you have identified someone who you believe would be a great match for our children. In addition, you will complete a full social history home study to present to the supervisory team. As a liaison between our foster parents and the Intake team, you are a very important piece of our Program’s puzzle!
We are looking for someone who can create ease for prospective foster parents and someone who can develop and maintain relationships with our existing foster parents. In addition, we are seeking someone with some basic knowledge of trauma and the effects of trauma on children’s emotions and behaviors, so that you are able to comfortably describe and help foster parents understand potential children for their home.
Finally, this position may include some recruitment of new foster parents as well as leading or co-leading foster parent training! As a member of our direct support team, you will have weekly reflective supervision, you will have access to attend regular trainings that support the work you do, and your work will be enhanced by the collaborative nature of our program.
Must have one of the following: A. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Human Services with at least 2 years of experience in child welfare B. Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Human Services with at least 2 years of experience in child welfare
Clear and concise written communication skills
As this position requires visits to locations which may or may not be accessible by public transportation. Requires ability to drive, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable access to a vehicle to travel in the Chicago metropolitan area
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Study for and pass the testing to acquire a professional license to license and monitor foster homes
Investigate alleged licensing violations as they arise in the time frame set by DCFS
Assess Foster Parents compliance with specific goals/objectives in treatment plans.
Child specific and targeted recruitment – finding foster parents for specific children who are in need of a home
Provides training for foster parents
Completes all necessary renewal paperwork and home study in the time frame set by DCFS
Flexibility in scheduling, some evenings and weekends
JCFS offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.
Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS
JCFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application
About JCFS Chicago
Jewish Child & Family Services provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year, facing challenges with life transitions, mental health, developmental/intellectual disability and basic human need.