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Family Services Worker

Family Services Worker

Job Description

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to serving people in need, including children, seniors, the financially challenged, and disaster response in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
LSS is the largest provider of children’s residential care in Texas and currently serves more than 26,000 individuals annually. LSS oversees more than 337 foster homes through our Foster In Texas (FIT) program and operates Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas (LAST), three children’s residential facilities in Texas, and charter schools on three campuses. LSS also provides services for seniors in five senior retirement communities as well as critical assistance and emergency response to those impacted by financial hardship and natural disasters.


General Description:
The Family Services Worker (FSW) requires expertise in providing quality social services, individually and in groups, to clients and their families in order to accomplish program objectives and Agency goals. The FSW will provide appropriate social services in accordance with licensing standards, contract terms, Agency policies, accreditation standards and funding requirements as well as other assigned duties.
Essential Functions:
Provide appropriate social services in accordance with licensing standards, contract terms, agency policies, CARF Accreditation standards and funding requirements.
  • Perform recruitment, intake/eligibility, counseling, verification, approval, assessment, placement, and referral services to prospective clients and children.
  • Perform post placement supervision, re-verification, and additional/ appropriate duties necessary in administering designated services.
  • Assist with the Continuous Quality Improvement Program (CQI) for Family Services.
  • Plan and conduct necessary meetings, seminars, interviews, and home visits.
  • Assume role of liaison worker with local agencies, community resources, and other geographical agency offices.
  • Assist recruiter in performing public relations and publicity tasks; outreach, speaking at groups, TV and radio advertisement, brochures, newsletters, etc., as requested and/or necessary.
  • Work to develop community resources including recruitment and training of families and volunteers.
  • Prepare, compile, submit, and maintain accurate records, files, forms, statistics, and additional relevant information in accord with Agency policy, licensing and/or funding requirements.
  • Review and sign off on client records in accordance with licensing, CARF, Youth for Tomorrow Foundation (YFT), and contract standards.
  • Participate in planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating designated social service program(s).
  • Follow all established Texas Minimum Standards, DFPS contracts and Agency policy and procedures. Health and Safety concerns that are directly related to the failure to follow these established guidelines will be considered non-compliant and will be addressed through the Agency disciplinary system.
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, education programs and other activities that promote professional growth and development.
  • Extensive driving required.
  • Some travel required.
Additional Functions:
  • Perform other duties as directed.

Job Requirements

  • Masters Degree in Social Work or related human service field and one (1)year of relevant work experience preferred. OR
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related human service field and two (2) years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills, as well as, organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Possess sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socio-economic characteristics.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and have an excellent driving record.
  • The ability to work effectively within a Church related agency and specifically the Lutheran Church constituency.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 2014-1239
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Family Services Worker

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