DCFS Post Adoption & Subsidized Guardianship Court Liaison
The Center for Law and Social Work (CLSW) is seeking a candidate with experience in the Child Welfare and Legal systems. Position can be filled by a candidate with social work and/or legal experience. Training is available for the right candidate.
CLSW is a small non-profit agency that assists families with adoption, guardianship, adult guardianship, backup planning, family clinical intervention, and educational advocacy.
Ability to work independently
Advanced writing skills
Experience testifying in court
Great organizational skills
Appear in Juvenile Court on behalf of the DCFS Cook County Post Adoption Unit for all motions filed that pertain to a change in a subsidized guardianship. This may include motions filed by birth parents or guardians to vacate a guardianship, voluntary transfers of guardianship, or the death or incapacitation of a guardian. This may also include appearing in delinquency courts for juveniles.
Identify service needs for minors and complete appropriate referrals
Conduct Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocols (CERAP) to assess the safety of a home
Maintain consistent communication with DCFS Post Adoption Unit regarding the status of cases
Assist in identifying potential placements for children coming into DCFS care and assist with transporting the minor, if necessary
Attend court ordered mediation and clinical staffings as needed
Home visits and meetings within Cook County, but may require statewide travel
Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Law, or Human Service Field
Child Welfare experience
Experience with Juvenile Court System preferred but not required
Valid driver's license and access to a car are non-negotiable requirements
Additional Salary Information: Salary negotiable,
Paid time off,
Health benefits available
The Center for Law and Social Work's (CLSW) mission is to create, preserve, and protect families. CLSW believes all families, regardless of financial circumstances, should have equal access to legal and social work services in order to remain stable and secure. Lawyers and Social Workers work together to help families in the Chicagoland area with adoption, guardianship, legal back up planning, and clinical services for children and disabled adults.