Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), is a leading not-for-profit organization providing healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities. For over 150 years, LSSI has made a difference in the lives of children and families, and we're still a strong, viable presence in the State of Illinois, continuing that commitment to making a difference.
We offer numerous services to at risk children and their families in their communities. We strive to make positive changes in the lives of children, their families and their communities. If you have a passion for helping children and are looking to make a difference that changes lives, we may have an opportunity for you.
LSSI currently has positions open for Intact Family Caseworkers in Moline, IL. In this rewarding position, the ideal candidate will provide case management services to children and families in our Intact Preservation program at 100% FTE. This positions is based out of the Marion LSSI office serving multiple county region. This job requires flexibility, compassion, good communication skills (oral and written), the ability to work well with a variety of personalities, openness to personal and professional growth, and above all a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families.
If you believe that your passion and commitment, as well as your skills and experience, would contribute to the work of LSSI, submit a current resume for this full-time CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST position for the Intact Preservation program.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provision of direct services to children and families to facilitate timely permanency outcomes for children with their family of origin, extended family, or foster/adoptive family according to the policies and practices of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and the Council on Accreditation.
- Monitoring of services to clients by external providers (includes medical, mental health, educational, mentoring, etc. services), including regular communication with providers and collection of reports to document progress and identified problems with service provision.
- Attending/participating in all scheduled court hearings well prepared to testify in an effective manner that communicates the essential facts and features of the cases.
- In-person contact with children, biological parents, foster/relative care providers as required.
- Monitoring parent-child interactions as required.
- Transporting clients as needed.
- Completion/submission, in a timely manner, of all required contact notes, service plans, court reports, and other documentation required by DCFS and LSSI.
- Performing all tasks required by the written client service plan, based upon the comprehensive integrated assessment, engaging children and families in the process.
- Scheduling and facilitation of required Child and Family Team meetings, engaging children and families in the process.
- Participation in a regularly established supervisory process for guidance, direction, support, and approval of decision-making, assessment, service planning and intervention.
- Participation in the organization's Continuous Quality Improvement process to refine practice and achieve identified outcomes identified by the organization's CQI process and the Federal Child and Family Services Review.
What We Offer:
- A CWEL sign-on BONUS If you possess a valid CWEL upon hire!
- Monetary Incentive Rewards
- Flexible schedules
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Benefit plans
- Generous Vacation time
- 10 Paid Holidays
- Opportunities for advancement
- 403b, EAP and
- The Opportunity to become a part of a fantastic team of Child Welfare professional! There's more!
If you believe that your passion and commitment, as well as your skills and experience, would contribute to the work of LSSI, we welcome your interest in joining the LSSI team!
Identified candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in social work, or an identified human service field.
- A minimum of one year of child welfare experience preferred.
- Minimum of 21 years of age per DCFS regulation.
- Basic understanding of strengths-based, trauma informed interaction with clients.
- Submit to fingerprinting and pass required background checks, including CANTS, LEADS, Sexual Abuse Registry, Illinois State Police, and FBI.
- Valid Illinois driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance and access to transportation to make home visits, other required appointments, and transport clients.
- Ability to pass required IDCFS Child Welfare Employee licensure (CWEL) as a requirement for ongoing employment with LSSI.
- Ability to communicate in a clear, comprehensible manner.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences within the diverse client base served by the organization, as well as within the organization itself.
Come be a part of this challenging and rewarding environment!
We offer room for advancement and an environment where you can utilize your education and experience, knowing that you are making a positive difference in the lives of children and families.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, pregnancy, any other characteristic protected by law.
Key Words: Foster Care Caseworker, Foster Care, Child Welfare Specialist, Social Services, Human Services, Child and Youth Services, Bachelors, Social Work, Not for Profit, NonProfit, NFP.
Child And Family Services