Child Welfare Specialist (Caseworker)

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

Job Description

Anticipated Starting Salary: $4,587.00/monthly

Full Salary Range: $4,587.00 - $6,820.00/monthly

Vacancies in multiple cities throughout Illinois.

 

Under general supervision, provides experienced professional casework services to children and families.

  • Determines the need and coordinates the placement of children in substitute care facilities;
  • Establishes goals for children and parents;
  • Coordinates the development of a comprehensive, family-centered, culturally relevant assessment of children and families;
  • Works with intact families and children in home and/or substitute care;
  • Conducts interviews with clients and professionals to obtain information for the continued diagnosis of problems and development of treatment plans;
  • Counsels on available concrete and supportive services and available therapeutic services and provides same;
  • Implements service plans with families;
  • Prepares and maintains case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating services;
  • On a rotating basis, assigned to 24 hour “on call” duty in addition to normal assignments, to ensure that services are provided as mandated by statute and policy.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Preferably requires a master's degree in social work;
  • or a master's degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience;
  • or requires a bachelor's degree in social work and one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience;
  • or requires a bachelor's degree in a related human service field and two years of directly related professional casework/case management experience;
  • Requires possession of a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance;
  • Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties; requires ability to serve on 24 hour "on call" duty.

The college or university issuing a bachelor's or master's degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education. The directly related professional casework/case management experience must be related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling, and advocacy services or a related field.

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