Foster Care Caseworker in Buffalo, NY

Native American Community Services Posted: 2021-04-14

Buffalo, NY 14207

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This position works in conjunction with ECDSS and is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the children on their caseload and provides support to foster parents through case management services, crisis management, home visits, weekly contact, monitoring of service compliance, documentation, ongoing training, and advocacy. The main objective for this position is to effectively work towards reunification, achieving permanency for children while actively assessing the needs of the child, foster parents, and coordinating interventions when necessary.
DUTIES / TASKS (not necessarily all inclusive)
• Work effectively with ECDSS for guidance and assistance
• Interpret and implement ICWA
• Conduct face-to-face appointments and maintain regular communication through calls, email, home visits
• Maintain a working relationship with foster family and birth family and significant others such as teachers, CPS caseworkers, attorneys, child advocates
• Write FASPs (Family Assessment and Service Plan) and keep timely progress notes
• Maintain appropriate boundaries between field professionals, foster and birth families, and personal issues
• Respect the dignity and worth of the children and families
• Maintain confidentiality per agency standards and all applicable codes of ethics (Social Worker’s Code of Ethics)
• Consider the cultural, environmental, safety, and diversity issues surrounding the child and those in the child’s sphere
• Complete any reports or assignments on time
• Participate in FC program development and trainings as needed / required
• Actively participate in FC staff meetings, supervision meetings, and meetings with Clinical Advisor
• Attend monthly Agency staff meetings (currently virtual)
• Participate in DSS permanency planning, court hearings, and school related meetings for the child
• Work independently and meet timelines; Operate in a multi-tasking environment; Able to rationally prioritize
• Maintain confidential and sensitive information; Maintain accurate records
• Set a positive example for other staff; Effectively communicate in both oral and written form

• Bachelor’s Social Work, Human Services, or related; 2 years documented, related full-time experience; CONNECTIONS+
• Must start with and maintain a clear criminal background / and driving record; Pass all background & pre-hire requirements
• Have valid NYS driver license
• Intermediate computer skills; Able to use MS Office, including Outlook with ease
• Be able to work remotely and in-person / No barriers to commuting; Able to transmit and receive electronic documents
• Must have own, reliable transportation carrying and maintaining a minimum of 100/300 auto liability coverage
• Ability to lift at least 30lbs
• Interpersonal skills to work cooperatively and effectively with individuals, groups, staff, and a diverse population
• Familiarity with local Native American community
• All hires at the discretion of the Executive Director*

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