Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI is currently seeking a Social Worker - Foster Care Services for our Eau Claire office. The position is primarily 1st shift, though some flexibility is required as home visits may need to extend into evening hours to accommodate the foster parents' schedules.
The Social Worker - Foster Care Services delivers trauma-informed professional level social work case management services to children placed in foster care; assesses, treats and evaluates clients; trains, certifies and supports foster parents; and performs other duties as required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Network, both formally and informally, with professionals in the community.
Provide on-call crisis services as assigned.
Follow all LSS policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and disclosure (HIPPA).
Attend regular staff meetings, individual supervision and program meetings.
Continuing education as directed by supervisor and/or selected by staff.
Respond to foster parent inquiries via phone or email.
Complete a log of such inquiries and submit quarterly to supervisor.
License/re-license homes according to DCF 56 standards (in consult with supervisor).
Maintain files/licenses of existing homes (hard and electronic copies).
Provide pre-service and ongoing training to foster parents.
Research available training and inform foster parents of opportunities as they become available; quarterly at minimum.
Conduct annual foster parent evaluations (in consult with supervisor).
Implement work plans, corrective action, and revocation when necessary (in consult with supervisor).
Provide support and connect foster parents to needed resources.
Screen referrals and inform placement decisions (in consult with supervisor)
Facilitate placement, both planned and emergency (in consult with supervisor)
Coordinate and facilitate case management services for children/youth in care.
Provide support and connect foster parents with local resources.
Coordinate and facilitate team meetings.
Conduct assessments and complete support, treatment and independent living plans according to the expectations set forth in the Foster Care Services Handbook and/or on the audit checklist.
Meet with clients weekly, bi-weekly, or as otherwise needed.
Complete necessary documentation and maintain client files (hard and electronic copies).
Maintain records of respite services.
Run background checks and call references, as needed.
Attend permanency plan reviews and court hearings, as needed.
Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
Paid Time Off
9 Paid Holidays
Ability to Contribute to 403B
Employee Assistance Program
Service Awards and Recognition
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Social Work or a Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology or Sociology is required.
A minimum two years of experience working in Human Services or Social Work field is also required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Must have a valid Driver’s License and car – Motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record required.
Certification/Licensure is required (CSW, APSW, LCSW or ability to become certified).
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Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience, benefit eligible role
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.