This position will be responsible for supporting Child Protective Investigators (CPI) and Case Managers (CM) by working collaboratively with staff to locate, engage and recommend safe placement of children with relatives and non-relatives. The position will support CPIs and CMs in family finding efforts by identifying all possible connections of the child and engaging youth and families in the homestudy and background screening process. The position must have a strong value and belief system that children do best when placed with kin, which minimizes trauma for the child (ren) being removed from their home and enhances child well-being.
Requires a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. Active Child welfare certification or eligible for certification.
Two years of responsible experience working with relative and non-relative caregivers and/or working with High Risk children and families, preferably within the dependency or economic self-sufficiency programs.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration: Valid drivers license and insurable under company's insurance
Conduct case reviews, internet searches and interviews with kin and children to identify potential connections to the child (ren) and family to support work of Child Protective Investigator (CPI) and Case Manager (CM) in placing children with kin. This includes follow-up of all individuals that have expressed interest in the child, and/or have had a positive relationship with the child.
Conduct Home Studies and background screens on all potential kin placements and follow up with CPI and CM on results
Create innovative ways to increase family finding efforts among staff and across agency (technology, training, genograms)
Research current and incoming children placed in licensed homes to find leads to relatives and nonrelatives for placement exploration and/or social connections.
Pass along known information to assigned CPI and/or CM and supervisor and conduct follow-up activities as needed. Maintain accurate and complete documentation for each assigned case.
Conduct supportive efforts, to include home visits, to salvage failing and distressed placements.
Document all family finding efforts for each case and track success
Attend agency events, trainings, conferences as needed after hours or on the weekends.
Contribution and Impact:
Increase in the number of children initially placed with relatives/non-relatives (kin) to enhance child well-being
Increase in family finding efforts as documented in monthly report, including number of cases and efforts documented
This position contributes to FSS strategic priority of increasing the number of children in kin placements which keeps more children with family and decreases the amount of trauma children experience as the resulting of coming into the child welfare system.
For Jacksonville to be an economically, culturally, and socially vibrant city for everyone, we must do all that we can to ensure that our children are able to reach their full potential. We have a shared responsibility to build the health and well-being of our next generation and secure a better future for our city. Healthy, nurturing, and supportive environments and experiences in childhood lay a stable foundation for lifelong health and development.
Our mission is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
Our vision is that children grow up connected to their own families, supported by families and embraced by the community; that children have the opportunity to achieve in school and to learn to be productive citizens; and that citizens of Duval and Nassau counties, organizations and agencies recognize that child protection is a community responsibility and represents the best interests of all county residents.
As the lead agency in Northeast Florida, FSS is responsible for administering, outsourcing and managing its services to the community, both directly and indirectly, in partnership with other local case management organizations (CMOs).
We collaborate with Daniel Kids, Jewish Family & Community Services and the National Youth Advocate Program to provide services that impact hundreds of at-risk children and their families every day. Our Nassau service center provides direct services to children and families in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Hilliard, Callahan, Yulee, Bryceville and surrounding areas.
Together, we provide a comprehensive system of care to keep children safely in their homes. We mobilize to stabilize families without the need of intrusive and costly interventions.