Wednesday , February 8 2023

WA Careers – DCYF Child and Family Welfare Specialist

Website State of Washington

Job Description:

Do you want the opportunity to make a positive impact on families in need? Our Tacoma field office is searching for a committed CFWS Specialist who will perform specialized case management for families on their case load, engage in critical thinking through shared decision making and case planning, and ensure timely permanency outcomes for all children on their caseload to include reunification, adoption, or guardianship. This specialist will ensure that children are provided the tools and comfort they need in order to thrive within their designated placement. Our ideal candidate will understand and respect the strengths of families and their heritage, beliefs, and values, and provide culturally competent case management services. We encourage you to apply and help us produce more positive outcomes for Washington state children and families.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Assess delivery of services and permanency planning that is inclusive of immediate family, extended family, kin, and children (as appropriate)
  • Provide permanency planning case management for children on out-of-home placement, which may include guardianship, adoption, long-term foster care or other arrangements as indicated.
  • Participate in in-house case staffing’s, shared planning meetings, and other multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency case staffing’s.
  • Assess the need for out-of-home placement, and work with families and caregivers to find the best possible outcome for child placement that will nurture the child’s cultural and family ties.
  • Prepare and counsel children and families for the need for placement and separation, working through loss and trauma and helping families reunite.
  • Refer clients for psychological, psychiatric, and/or medical evaluations and treatment with other community resources, and monitor the progress and effectiveness of services provided.
  • Monitor health and safety of children through regular home visits and ensure continued safety and well-being for the child.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor individual service and voluntary service plans with families to address safety threats and risks.
  • Prepare and file Court Reports and present oral testimony for court proceedings.
  • Develop strengths-based and client-involved service plans that are culturally-relevant, ADA-sensitive, and individualized.
  • Assess resource needs of children, birth parents, and caregivers and provide placement and placement stabilization supports.
  • Utilize FAMLINK to document case activities and maintain case records within program and manual standards, accountability requirements, and agency’s documentation practice in order to ensure quality of practice and consistency of service delivery to children and families statewide.

Job Requirements:

Ability to effectively communicate and communicate and comprehend with management, peers, clients, community colleagues, and the public.
Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply current applicable laws, rules, and policies on delivery of child protective and child welfare services in Washington State.
Ability to partner effectively with community professionals to develop and maintain resource teams to support children and families.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with child caregivers and include caregivers in the case planning process.
Ability to evaluate, analyze and assess risk and safety in all cases as defined by law and best practice.
Ability to access and utilize agency software programs.

Job Details:

Company: State of Washington

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Tacoma, WA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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