Come join the Child Welfare team at Jewish Child and Family Services! Our holistic approach to reunifying and helping families heal encourages true collaboration among Child Welfare case managers, clinicians, families, and foster parents – we know that when we work together and develop strong relationships, there are better outcomes for the kids and families we serve. The JCFS Child Welfare program pays close attention to leadership and supervisory support; while the work is challenging, you will have the support and guidance of a skilled supervisor. Our program model encourages professional and personal growth and pays attention to the overall health and well-being of our employees.
Families come to the JCFS Child Welfare program after something so serious has occurred, that the state determines the family cannot live together. The work of a JCFS Child Welfare employee is to help families find the path to come back together, in the way that’s right for them. We do this difficult and rewarding work through collaboration, trauma awareness, and a curious approach to family dynamics, culture and race.
We are always excited to add to our team of hard working and dedicated employees, please take a moment and see if this is the right job for you!
JCFS is looking for a Specialized Foster Care case manager for our Child Welfare program. As a Specialized case manager you will be supporting children and families involved in the Child Welfare system by providing regular in-home contact, educational support and advocacy, mental health support and advocacy, court advocacy and other supportive services that support the health and well-being of children, as well as overall family health in the hopes of family reunification. The Specialization indicates children and young people who have significant emotional and/or medical special needs.
Our Foster Care case managers have the support of skilled and supportive supervisors who teach and guide case managers, as they master this complex and rewarding job. We love teaching people who are interested in providing this specialized care for families how to do it in a way that is healthy and sustainable for everyone involved – including you!
As a member of our case management team, you will have weekly reflective supervision, monthly training opportunities, and ongoing support from a collaborative and engaged team.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program
Demonstrated interest in children such as volunteer work or work experience involving children
Must take and pass the requisite tests through DCFS to have a Child Welfare license in Illinois
Must be able to work evenings, and be part of an on-call rotation [approximately one time every two months]
As this position requires site visits and client transportation to locations which may or may not be accessible by public transportation, must be able to drive, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and reliable access to a vehicle to travel in the Cook County/Chicago metropolitan area
Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage/Family Therapy or related Human Service focus
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Performs a range of social work duties
Formulates understanding of clients’ situations, providing appropriate services to meet client/family needs
Transports clients and supervises the facilitation of sibling and parental visits, following DCFS policies
Attends juvenile court, collaborative conferences with DCFS, school staffing and other meetings that may impact the well-being of the client and the family
Advocates for clients’ best interest in school settings, at juvenile court and in any other systems which interface with the client and the family
Links the client and the families with community resources to help meet the treatment goals
Performs record keeping functions and other administrative duties are required by the Agency
Collaborates with other agency personnel, supervisor, appropriate specialists or consultants on specific case related problems
JCFS offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.
Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS
JCFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application
About JCFS Chicago
Jewish Child & Family Services provides vital, individualized, results-driven, therapeutic and supportive services for thousands of children, adults and families of all backgrounds each year, facing challenges with life transitions, mental health, developmental/intellectual disability and basic human need.