Home-Based Casework (contractor)

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  • Experience 2 Years
  • Qualifications Degree Bachelor

Job Description

Hoosier Families Inc. works with children that have suffered from sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. Working in the Child & Family Welfare sector, as a Family Intervention Specialist is simple. There is a four-step process to this position: (1) Developing positive relationships with the families, (2) identifying what their needs are (employment, housing, education, etc.), (3) helping them create goals and objectives, and (4) working with them to accomplish those goals. It’s that simple. Of course, there are more business and court processes involved in those steps (see below); however, those four steps are the core to being a Home-Based Caseworker.

Job Duties:

Home-based Family Centered casework services for families involved with DCS/Probation. Home based casework is also available for pre-adoption and post-adoption services for adoptive families at risk or in crisis. These in-home services should be high quality, family centered, and culturally competent. They should be effective in reducing maltreatment, improving caretaking, and coping skills, enhancing family resilience, supporting healthy and nurturing relationships, and children’s physical, mental, emotional, and educational well-being. Home-Based Casework Services should help to safely maintain children in their homes (or foster home); prevent children’s initial placement or reentry into foster care; preserve, support, and stabilize families; and promote the well-being of children, youth, and families. Services can also occur in the school, community, or facility. Home-based Casework Services provides any combination of the following kinds of services to the families as approved by DCS/Probation:

  • Home visits
  • Participation in DCS Case planning
  • Supervised visitation
  • Coordination of Services
  • Conflict management
  • Emergency/crisis services
  • Child development education
  • Domestic violence education
  • Parenting education/training
  • Family communication
  • Facilitate transportation
  • Participation in Child and Family Team meetings
  • Family reunification/preservation
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) support
  • Foster family support
  • Advocacy
  • Family assessment
  • Community referrals and follow-up
  • Develop structure/time management
  • Behavior modification
  • Budgeting/money management
  • Meal planning/preparation
  • Parent training with children present
  • Monitor progress of parenting skills
  • Community services information
  • Develop Long and Short-Term Goals
  • Life skills training

 

Job Requirements:

  • Reports directly to the Supervisor/Team Lead
    • COO in absence of the Supervisor/Team Lead
  • Understands and follows all agency policies and procedures
  • Completes Client, Safety, Family Risk, PFS-2, and other Supplemental Assessments with youth and families within first seven (7) days of program entry and/or Service Standard terms
  • Manages and Assures an effective safety/crisis plan is in place for all identified safety concerns including family strengths and needs
  • Develops and Manages the Initial Treatment Plan (ISP/Case Plan) with the DCS/FCM and provider team within the first thirty (30) days of program entry
  • Meets with the client or family at least weekly, or more frequently, based on the assessed needs of the client, to review the client’s and family’s progress toward treatment goals
  • Coordinates and monitors services for the client and/or family in the community, including but not limited to, mental health, medical, educational, psychological, vocational, and social services
  • Participates in administrative and court reviews of the case plan as requested
  • Provides in-home and community supportive Case Management Services, Parenting Education, Father Engagement, and access to counseling, community resource linkage and referral, advocacy and other social service intervention to families and children
  • Manages, Supports, and Assists in family reunification and preservation efforts with all members of the primary family or other permanent plan consistent with the Initial Treatment Service Plan, Progress and Visitation Notes, and Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly updates,
  • Completes and submit timely Incident Reports, Discharge/Termination Summary Reports,

and all other required reports, according to agency policy

  • Attends weekly supervision meetings and actively participates in the supervision process
  • Services will be provided effectively, efficiently, and with evidence provided for each case.
  • Attend all mandatary meetings or trainings.
  • Ability to travel between appointments in order to service clients within their community
  • Follows agency procedures for crisis, after-hours, and weekend emergency coverage
  • Serves as a positive and effective liaison between Hoosier Families and referring agency caseworkers regarding the family and youth’s services
  • Clear, effective communication skills
  • Knowledge of, respect for, and adherence to current confidentiality practices
  • Appreciation for and ability to respond to cultural differences
  • Adept prioritization and time management abilities
  • Performs other duties as requested

 Qualifications:

  • A successful candidate will possess these qualities:
    • A passion to work in an unselfish and life-changing way. Our children and families rely on us.
    • Ability to flourish with non-traditional work hours. We are not a 9-5 company.
  • Shared life experience and are familiar with the communities where they will be working
  • The Direct Worker must have one of the following:
    • Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree from an accredited university
    • High School Degree, GED, or Associate Degree
      • If the Direct Worker possesses an Associate Degree, High School Diploma, or GED, they must also have:
      • At least 4 years full time employment experience providing direct casework services to children & families that includes providing services to families that need assistance in the protection and care of their children
  • Must possess a valid driver license and the ability to use private car to transport self and others and must comply with the state policy concerning minimum car insurance coverage.
  • Must be able to pass all drug tests and all required background checks
  • Must be available to work evenings (after school hours) and weekends

 

Our ideal Home-Based Caseworker would carry out their responsibilities while displaying the following key behavioral competencies:

  • Conviction about the capacity for all people to grow and change for the better
  • Independence and proactivity in taking action and resolving problems
  • Ability to maintain composure in the face of unexpected challenges, surprises and trying circumstances
  • Respect for confidentiality

 Areas the worker is expected to travel:

Marion and surrounding counties (up to 60-80% traveling)

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