Child Permanency Social Worker

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

https://www.childrenshomepgh.org/

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The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is seeking a Full-Time Child Permanency Social Worker in our Adoption Program.

This individual’s primary focus will be working with children in foster care. This position involves work in two different areas and primary job duties will include providing child preparation units of service through the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN), as well as providing foster care services to children and families placed through the SWAN Adoption from foster care services.

This individual may provide other SWAN services as needed and will be responsible for providing 24/7 On-Call services for the adoption department on a rotating basis. This individual must be comfortable driving to client meetings, working within homes and community settings, and must be available on evenings to accommodate client needs. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Education or related degree and experience working with children in therapeutic environment required OR completion of Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, or Education with relevant internship experience.

This position is eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Employer Contribution to Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • 401(k) & Employer Match
  • Free Financial Planning
  • Annual Merit Increases
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • FREE On-site parking

SWAN SOCIAL WORK FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides child preparation units of services, as referred from county children and youth agencies.
  • Follows all tasks as outlined in SWAN benchmarks and documents these tasks in the SWAN portal as they are completed. Ensures all time is tracked with SWAN portal for all SWAN units of service assigned.
  • Provides Finalization services for SWAN adoptive families if referred.
  • If requested by Director of Adoption or Permanency Supervisor, attends SWAN quarterly meetings, summer conference, units of service meeting or any additional training needed to comply with SWAN and DHS requirements.
  • Completes all paperwork required for each SWAN unit of service by the due date assigned by SWAN.
  • For each child preparation cases, maintains regular contact with a child’s CYF caseworker, other providers, and the child’s family as needed.
  • For child preparation cases, creates, and maintains a lifebook for each child throughout child preparation.
  • Advocates for the safety and well-being of all clients by making referrals to other agencies, including CYF when appropriate.
  • Functions as an integral member of the adoption team by providing coverage for other positions as needed.
  • Follows Social Worker Code of Ethics.
  • Performs other duties as required by the Adoption Supervisor or Director of Adoption.

 FOSTER CARE SOCIAL WORK FUNCTIONS:

  • Once foster families receive a placement, provides monthly home visits and complies with all paperwork required by agency, county contract, and DHS.
  • Ensures a good transition from matching worker to foster care worker for family and child.
  • Ensures case remains in compliance with DHS foster care regulations and county contract requirements. Works closely with Director of Adoption to ensure this.
  • Maintains regular communication with families and foster children.
  • Maintains regular communication with county caseworkers and other providers for child.
  • Attends court hearings for child if requested.
  • Provide on call services for foster care and adoption program.
  • Maintains a flexible schedule, including working frequent evenings to meet client needs.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Professional level of knowledge normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Education or related degree and experience working with children in therapeutic environment required OR completion of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, or Education with relevant internship experience.
  • Direct experience in foster care, adoption or in providing SWAN services preferred.
  • Direct experience in working with foster families, foster children and/or adoptive parents preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with birthparents, foster families, and adoptive parents in a professional manner.

FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Often a sedentary position, must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 10-50 pounds as required to access file boxes, supplies, etc.
  • Manual dexterity required to operate computer and telephone systems, and other typical office equipment.
  • Occasional exposure to adverse conditions when performing duties outside of The Children’s Home.
  • Current Pennsylvania driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle to enable the person holding this position to be able to meet with the birthparents, foster families, and adoptive parents.
  • Physical ability to perform job requirements of usual and customary office procedures and communications.
  • Ability to interact and communicate in a professional and courteous manner with other staff and guests.
  • Generally an office environment, no unusual environmental factors.

To apply for this job please visit www.childrenshomepgh.org.