Essential Job Functions:
- Conduct home studies or home study updates for prospective or verified families, including all interviews, research, and report writing necessary.
- Provide case management services for all assigned clients working with the Case Manager Supervisor and Program Director for guidance and assistance.
- Provide leadership to the treatment team working closely with the foster / adoptive parents, teachers, therapists, CPS caseworkers, birth family, and significant others in order to implement successful treatment for each client.
- Maintain accurate and professional documentation of child and family records.
- Must have valid Texas Driver’s license, proof of insurance for the vehicle used in work related travel, and have a dependable vehicle.
- Knowledge of treatment planning and effective treatment interventions for children and foster / adoptive families is required.
- Write individualized service plans (ISP), admission assessments, and monthly case notes.
- Facilitate the use of Trust Based Relational Intervention with foster / adoptive parents and children to promote healing of children in care.
- Utilize therapeutic skill set to include: strength focused language, family-centered interaction, and goal-driven approach.
- Facilitate adoptions in foster to adopt homes.
- Submit reports in a timely manner. Conscientious of time frames and due dates.
- Extensive daytime and some overnight travel may be required for conducting home visits, providing support to children and families and other activities.
- Must be able to work extended hours (may include weekends) when necessary such as when a new youth is placed, and when a youth is having difficulty in the foster / adoptive home and parents need added assistance, or when imposed deadlines need to be met.
- In emergency situations, the position may require providing overnight supervision of a child or night support for a foster / adoptive family.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Develops and supervises foster / adoptive / kinship parents in the implementation of Individualized Service Plans for each child placed in their home.
- Provides consultation, individual training and assists with in-service training for each family on the Case Manager’s caseload.
- Supervises foster / adoptive / kinship parents and their record keeping concerning client progress, medical, dental and psychiatric information, billing and reimbursement information.
- Provides technical, emotional, information sharing and relationship building support to foster / adoptive / kinship parents.
- Monitors each foster / adoptive / kinship home for compliance with Minimum Standards, Council on Accreditation and program standards providing each family with documentation of compliance or non-compliance with a plan of correction in the case of non-compliance.
- Serves as 24 hour on-call support for after-hour and weekend emergencies for families on assigned caseload.
Performs other duties as requested by the Case Manager Supervisor or Program Director.
Case Managers who work with families whose homes are outside a fifty-mile radius to the Wichita Falls office will work from a satellite office, or from their home as directed by the Program Director. Quarterly regional staff meetings at the Waxahachie PCHAS campus are required. Case Managers will be required to work eight hours per day, though some flexibility during the daily schedule may be necessary in order to provide maximum service delivery to the children and families. Each Case Manager will be provided a computer and cell phone or cell phone reimbursement in order to perform their work. Computer stations and office equipment are provided. Case Managers will need to have the ability to work in a high energy environment both at the office and in the foster care environment and may include weekends and evenings regularly. On call hours are routine. There is moderate risk of exposure to infectious disease, and physical or verbal aggression from children or foster / adoptive parents may be occasionally present during the course of work.
Education and Experience:
A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited university is preferred with one year paid experience working with children and families at-risk, or a Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree in a human services profession with three years of working with children or families at risk, or children in out of home care.
Must be well organized, a self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision, able to prioritize and be accountable for timeliness to complete projects in a timely manner, and able to effectively manage significant documentation. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Must have adequate knowledge of computer programs such as Word, Excel and Internet Explorer. Must demonstrate the ability to work harmoniously with others. Must be able to supervise others in order to achieve maximum client success.