Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for a part-time (up to 27 hours per week) social worker in the Families First program.
CLC fights so every District child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at www.childrenslawcenter.org.
Families First attorneys represent children’s best interests in custody cases when their family stability is threatened by domestic violence, allegations of abuse or high conflict between their parents. Families First also provides free, high-quality legal assistance to kinship and foster caregivers who wish to adopt or obtain guardianship or custody of children in the child welfare system or at risk of entering foster care.
The social worker will support lawyers in particularly challenging cases involving high-needs families impacted by sexual abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, or involvement in the criminal justice system. The social worker assesses families’ needs and strengths, identifies family strengthening supports and services, provides clinical review of case records and clinical consultations, and advocates for better outcomes for clients.
Provide comprehensive assessments and observations in multiple domains;
Provide proactive, strategic, clinical recommendations in the best interests of the client;
Conduct visits and interviews with client(s) and caretakers;
Identify and manage resources and providers;
Clinically review cases and evaluations and consult with attorneys on case planning, health, mental health, and educational services;
Provide clinical advocacy and factual and expert testimony in Court;
Conduct internal and external trainings as needed.
Candidates must be either a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) or a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW);
Excellent Clinical Assessment Skills;
One or more years of experience working with children and families strongly preferred;
One or more years of experience working within the District of Columbia child welfare system is a plus;
Experience working with families that have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, or substance abuse;
Experience working with families experiencing high conflict;
Excellent knowledge of social services within the District of Columbia; specifically those for children and families;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Outstanding interpersonal skills;
Excellent time-management and organizational skills;
Capacity to be flexible;
Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively;
Commitment to CLC’s Mission;
Two year commitment required;
Spanish language ability.
**Supervision will be provided as necessary by an LICSW.
Send resume, cover letter, three references, and a three page writing sample via email to:
Families First Social Worker Search Committee Children’s Law Center 501 3rd St NW, 8th Floor Washington, DC 20001
Writing Sample Guidelines: • 3 page maximum (even if an excerpt from a longer document) • Preferred: an assessment (diagnostic, caregiver, biopsychosocial, etc.) from previous social work employment or field placement, clerkship, internship, and/or clinic (i.e. section of a motion, brief, proposed findings, etc.) • If candidate does not have an assessment, then an excerpt from a social work program paper
Position is open until filled.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
Children’s Law Center works to give every child in the District of Columbia a solid foundation of family, health, and education. We are the largest provider of free legal services in the District and the only to focus on children. Our 80-person staff partners with local pro bono attorneys to serve more than 2,000 at-risk children each year. We use this expertise to advocate for changes in the District’s laws, policies, and programs. Learn more at www.childrenslawcenter.org.