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Jobs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc.

Case Worker

Location: Bronx, NY

Department: Children's Center Annex

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

In partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Sheltering Arms is launching a new program that will serve as an Annex for the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center pre-placement program for children entering the foster care system.  This new Bronx-based short-term, residential program serving young children between the ages of 0 to 12 years old, will be called the Children’s Center Annex.  The Children’s Center Annex will provide a home-like, co-ed, developmentally appropriate setting for younger children, including sibling groups. The Annex will be designed to be warm, colorful, and child-friendly, and staff will be trained in trauma informed practices allowing them to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care.  

 

The Caseworker is a professional staff position providing comprehensive casework services for infants, toddlers and children up to 12 years of age in the Reception Center and their families.  The Caseworker should be committed to a service philosophy that is child centered and family focused. The position is demanding and highly interactive with the children and their families, staff and community.  Caseworkers must be comfortable working with youth and families in the context of the facility, the office and in the community of origin.

 

Essential Functions:

Casework with Youth: 

Maintains on-going qualitative social work/ youth and social work/ child care staff contacts in accordance with regulatory mandates. Participate in interdisciplinary team and conduct assessments of children including completion of psychosocial assessments and other required reports, specifically status reports for ACS and placement recommendations. Maintain regular contact with birth families and encourage regular visitation in accordance with approved visitation plan, provide supervision of these visitis. Home visits to meet parents and family members will be required, visitation and other activities in the community with children and family are also required.  Visits at family’s homes and within the community will be required. Participate in all required meetings internally, externally and as required by ACS. Work closely with ACS to facilitate placement of each child in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting.

Casework with Collateral Persons:

Maintains regular contact and efficacious working relationships with significant parties involved in the service planning and provision process, i.e. child care staff, educational personnel, court and legal representatives, foster parents, medical personnel, and other caseworkers involved; assures a holistic, culturally sensitive, family centered and child-focused presentation of case particulars.

Normative Issues:

Supports and maintains dependable responsible professional and accountable staff behavior, positive program norms and teamwork primacy. Supports program philosophy/objectives; effectively integrates with other disciplines; confronts and discourages negative behavior, attitudes and program norms; maintains enthusiasm, sharing “the work” and participation in program activities.

Other related task that may be assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field from an accredited college or university required. 
  • A record of success and achievement in foster boarding home or residential child care work is helpful;
  • Computer literacy essential; knowledge of CONNECTIONS preferred

 

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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