Social Worker (2018-38)

Company: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Status: Full Time
Salary: $56,000 Annually (depending on experience)
Close Date: 

Job Description:
GENERAL NATURE OF POSITION: Support the social, educational, recreational, cultural and psychological functioning, growth and development of refugee foster care clients within their own environments.


• Oversee the overall welfare of children and youth in the Refugee Foster Care (RFC) Program
• Make best interest determinations for clients on assigned caseload that are related to physical health, placement, mental health, education and housing
• Promote the well-being of clients by working with the child, foster parent(s), case manager(s) and service providers
• Work with an interdisciplinary team (social workers, mental health clinicians, educators, doctors) to promote the best interest of the client
• Coordinate and/or supervise the placement of the client, including direct contact with the child and the certified foster parent(s) or foster family home licensee(s)
• Carry out monthly home visits to determine the appropriateness of current placement or the need to change placement
• Develop Services Plans that identify client’s overall needs
• Work with Parent Partner and Case Manager to build foster parent and client self sufficiency
• Utilize resource connections in the community to meet the identified needs of the client, as indicated in the Services Plan
• Coordinate services with other professionals and agencies involved with the clients e.g. teachers, pastors, physicians, employers, social workers, partner agencies, etc. 
• Support the social, educational, recreational, cultural and psychological functioning, growth and development of the clients within their environment
• Ensure that foster homes are in compliance with child welfare regulations and correct any identified violations of CCL regulations
• Work with the Parent Partner to provide support services to certified foster parents and respite care providers
• Provide in-home counseling or crisis intervention for clients and foster parents
• Record services via Case Notes and Needs and Services Planning
• Maintain meticulous files on clients to ensure completion of all core services and ongoing contacts
• Conduct home studies to determine the suitability of the potential foster parents and foster care placement
• Respond to child abuse and neglect allegations in accordance with CA State Law
• Present placement needs of assigned clients to the Placement Coordination Team
• Supervise BSW and/or MSW interns as desired
• Represent the program in external relations, as needed
• Assist or participate in foster family recruitment, monthly ILP class, foster parent certification training and other program-related events, as needed
• Other duties as assigned


• A Master’s Degree from an accredited or state approved graduate school in social work or social welfare, marriage, family and child counseling, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology or social psychology
• Two years post-MSW or equivalent experience in the field of child welfare, immigrant and/or refugee services, or child related service field
• Extensive knowledge of CA State child welfare services regulations
• Meets minimum requirements listed in CCL 88065.3
• Excellent oral and written English skills
• Automobile and valid CA driver’s license
• Auto liability coverage according to agency requirements
• Excellent computers skills: MS Office (all apps)


• Excellent cross-cultural experience and ability to work well with diverse population
• LCSW, LMFT or current registration as an ASW with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. Those not registered with the BBS will be encouraged to register within 1 year of employment.
• Multilingual in a language commonly spoken by refugees and immigrants (Arabic, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Burmese, Hindi, Farsi, Nepali)
• Overseas experience in psychosocial, development or protection programs

HOURS: Full time. Hours will be based on client and foster family availability. All program staff
might be expected to work at least one Tuesday night per month and at least one Saturday per

TRAVEL: Bay Area and occasional out-of-state travel required.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.

Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons receiving services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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Job Code: 2018-38