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Intensive Foster Care Social Worker — Cambridge, MA

*CFCS is actively hiring for this position and conducting interviews via Zoom*

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PURPOSE: The Social Worker is a member of CFCS Intensive Foster Care Program team serving children and youth who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The Social Worker provides direct clinical and case management services to children in foster care placement, provides support to foster families in coordination with the IFC Family Resource Worker, and support’s the youth and their team on locating and strengthening permanent connection.

HOW YOU WILL BE MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

Hours: 37.5. Position requires some on-call coverage, and some regular work outside of business hours

The IFC Social Worker:

  • Manages a caseload of children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, including determining whether additional evaluations are needed, and making referrals as indicated;
  • Provides support and guidance to foster parents and child/youth to ensure stable placement;
  • Provides case management services including assessing need with child/youth and foster parents, making and monitoring referrals, and collaborating with other service providers;
  • Collaborates with DCF staff in developing service plans, including:
    • Supporting plan for permanency;
    • Supporting child/youth’s participation in this process;
    • Participating in DCF foster care review process;
    • Providing crisis intervention as needed.
  • As determined by DCF, assists children and youth in maintaining connections with parents, siblings, relatives and other important relationships;
  • Assists children and youth in making transition to permanent placements;
  • Maintains complete and accurate records.

WHAT CFCS WILL DO FOR YOU:

In addition, for an opportunity to join a group of progressive, enthusiastic professionals with a shared passion for human services and child welfare, CFCS offers benefited employees:

  • Professional Development
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer match
  • Generous Paid Time off
  • Paid professional licensure to meet contract requirements
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability and Short Term Disability

THE AGENCY:

Founded in 1873, CFCS has evolved over time into a group of dynamic, highly dedicated, mission driven professionals meeting the current needs of the Greater Boston community. We work diligently towards our mission; To provide high quality support and advocacy for children, adults and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth.

Our goal for everyone we work with is to find permanency. Sometimes, permanency in our work means making sure a child can remain with their biological family; sometimes it means ensuring someone with a developmental disability can live with family instead of having to move to an institutional setting; sometimes it means finding a child in foster care a forever family and for other youth it means having a safe, secure parenting relationship with a supportive adult.

CFCS is committed to strengthening and advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion, for our staff and those we serve, and we view permanency as essential to the success of those we work with.

We are seeking staff that align with our commitment, as individuals and as a community, to continually seek to advance racial equity initiatives to address long-standing systemic racial biases and discrimination in our society, and those who are excited to help find and strengthen permanency. Come join us!

Learn more about CFCS’ culture and how we support our mission driven work at https://www.helpfamilies.org/news

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in social work, psychology, education or human service related field;
  • Professional licensure required. Candidates must have a current and valid licensure, or be license eligible, as a Licensed Social Work Associate, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Certified Social Worker, or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the MA Board of registration in Social Work or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the MA Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professionals. Newly hired, license eligible staff must obtain licensure from the respective board within six (6) months of hire.
  • Minimum of one-years’ experience providing case management and/or counseling services to children, adolescents and families;

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle
  • Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.