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Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI is currently seeking an experience Social Worker to join our growing team.
This is a highly responsible and independent position in social work practice. The work involves the application of trauma-informed complex consultation and advocacy services for adoptive parents and guardians. This position is responsible for understanding family dynamics and the ability to determine needs based on trauma history and family stress.
The worker will support families as they address the needs of their child(ren), which in turn will help to reduce the familial stress, and ultimately increase their capacity for post-permanence stability and improved well-being. The worker is assigned to a wide geographic area, necessitating considerable travel and expertise with local resources within the area, tribes and state.
Essential Duties and responsibilities:
AGES Program Coordination: Provides Adoption and Guardianship Enhanced Support (AGES) program coordination to families through service delivery and resource development. 70%
Work with families identified by DCF as being in the indicated interval to provide information regarding AGES and gather all necessary consents.
Coordinate home visits as prescribed by the AGES program.
Complete the CANS assessment as prescribed by the AGES program.
Develop a support plan with the family based on areas of need identified by the CANS.
Assist the family in advocating for appropriate support and services available within the community.
Review plan in eWISACWIS (Wisconsin’s Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System), document follow up and consultation, data tracking and analysis.
Meet regularly with supervisor to review cases, support plans and areas of concern.
Program Implementation: Assist in implementation and sustainability of the AGES program by providing critical feedback to the assigned supervisor, DCF Implementation team, and the QIC-AG Leadership Team. 20%
Use critical thinking skills to provide solution-focused suggestions to improve support and advocacy to families.
Identify areas of improvement within the assessment and re-authorization processes.
Participate in internal and external stakeholder meetings to provide strength-based information from the AGES worker perspective.
Other: Other Assignments. 10%
Attend appropriate training sessions identified by DCF for educational and re-certification purposes.
Attend DCF unit, regional and statewide staff meetings as scheduled.
Accept and carry out special assignments.
Become CANS certified within 3 months of award, and maintain annual CANS certification.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Certified social worker with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in social/human services. Experience working in child welfare and with foster/adoptive parents is strongly preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, or related field – Masters preferred
Extensive knowledge of the different types of adoption and guardianships within Wisconsin.
Knowledge of social work principles, practices, and ethics.
Extensive knowledge of the effects of trauma on childhood development and the family unit.
Knowledge of adoption competencies and kinship issues related to placement and permanence.
Extensive knowledge of appropriate resources for mental health, long-term support services, child welfare, Medicaid, health issues, school related resources.
Knowledge of confidentiality provisions for child welfare records and documents.
Knowledge of eWISACWIS (Wisconsin’s Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System.
Ability to maintain accurate, current case records documentation
Ability to identify problems and recommend appropriate corrective action.
Ability to prioritize, plan and organize work in an effective and timely manner.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with other DCF staff, a variety of public and private human services agencies, school personnel, mental health providers, and other legal staff, individuals and families under a variety of circumstances.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Must be a licensed Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin
Must be able and willing to drive on behalf of the agency by having a valid Driver’s License and vehicle – Motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record required.
Must pass a Caregiver Background Check according to program regulations.
TRAVEL: Position may travel daily throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. May travel state wide on occasion for training and meetings and may include some overnights.
Discover what makes Lutheran Social Services a great place that helps improve the quality of peoples’ lives – one grace-filled life at a time.
We want you! Apply today to join our team.
Additional Salary Information: •Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
•Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
•Paid Time Off
•9 Paid Holidays
•Ability to Contribute to 403B
•Employee Assistance Program
•Service Awards and Recognition
For more than 100 years, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan has supported individuals, families and communities with services and programs designed to change the world - one grace-filled life at a time. We help people all along the lifespan with services as essential as shelter and clothing, and as life-changing as trauma-informed counseling and adoption. Affiliated with the ...Evangelical Lutheran Church in America throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, LSS welcomes and serves people of all faiths and backgrounds.