Social Worker (2019-5)

Company: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Full Time

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. Social workers serve as the primary point person overseeing the welfare of clients; coordinating internal and external services to meet the needs of clients on their caseload; and monitoring the appropriateness of the client’s placement.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Serves as the primary point person overseeing the overall welfare of children and youth in the Refugee Foster Care (RFC) Program.

• Promotes the wellbeing of clients by working with the youth, resource families, foster parent(s), external service providers, and an interdisciplinary team (case managers, parent partner, mental health clinicians, educators, ILP coordinators, administrative and compliance staff, etc.) in order to make best interest determinations related to physical health, placement, mental health, education, and housing.

• Coordinate, facilitate, and participate in Child and Family Team meetings.

• Work with the Program Administrator to schedule, coordinate, and attend Administrative Reviews for each client in foster care or extended foster care. These Administrative Reviews may be combined with the Child and Family Team meetings.

• Collaborate with the Placement Coordination Team on the placement of clients, including participation in pre-placement calls with clients and resource families or group home type placement facilities, placement team meetings, and team decision meetings.

• Carry out monthly home visits to determine the appropriateness of a youth’s current placement and overall welfare.

• Develop, maintain, and update Services Plans that identify client’s overall needs and goals in collaboration with the clients, resource families, group homes, and clients’ natural support network.

• Collaborate with clients and the ILP team to develop independent living skills.

• Provide parenting support and training to resource families and respite families in coordination with the Parent Partner and Case Manager(s) in order to develop and strengthen the youth & family relationship.

• Utilize resource connections in the community to meet the identified needs of the client, as indicated in the Services Plan, and connect resource families to community resources as applicable.

• Coordinate services with other professionals and agencies (e.g. teachers, pastors, physicians, employers, social workers, partner agencies, etc.) involved with the clients and resource families.

• Ensure that resource homes are in compliance with child welfare regulations and work with the Foster Family Agency Administrator and resource families to correct any identified violations.

• Provide or connect clients and parents to in-home counseling or crisis intervention.

• Co-facilitate youth support groups during RFC’s family night events.

• Timely documentation of all client services in AWARDS, RFC’s online client case management database system, per contract requirements, CCL regulations, and RFC’s policies and procedures.

• Maintain meticulous files on clients to ensure completion of all core services and ongoing contract deliverables.

• Conduct home studies and assessments to determine the suitability of potential resource families and foster care placements.

• Transport and coordinate transportation of clients as needed.

• 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.

• Participate in the after hours on-call rotation, as needed.

• Assist or participate in resource family recruitment, monthly ILP class, resource family approval trainings and other program-related events, as needed.

• Be able to meet core competency requirements, including having necessary knowledge and skills, as specified in Section 88364(d) through on the job training.

• Asist with resource family recruitment and training.

• Assist with program audits and the audit of electronic files.

• Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• 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

• Meet minimum requirements listed in CCL Interim Standards Sections 88265.3 and 88365.3

• Extensive knowledge of CA State child welfare services regulations

• 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)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• 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.

• 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 resource family availability, which may include some evening hours. All program staff might be expected to work at least one Tuesday night per month and at least one Saturday per month.

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.