Adams County Government
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Social Caseworker III - Adoption
at Adams County Government
- What Success Looks Like In This Job
Join our highly qualified, dedicated team of Social Caseworkers and provide case management and oversight of children in out-of-home placements; recruit for adoptive placements; transition children into adoptive homes; and help find and facilitate permanent connections for children and youth.
- Examples of Duties for Success
- Conduct home visits, which can include long distance travel.
- Monitor children's safety and well-being.
- Achieve permanency through adoption as soon as quickly as possible.
- Engage with and develop supportive relationships with foster, adoptive, and kin placement providers.
- Engage with, support, and advocate for children of all ages.
- Seek out and engage with permanent connections and potential placement options, including birth family members.
- Attend court hearings.
- Attend additional meetings in the community, including schools.
- Complete required documentation and meet deadlines.
- Make treatment referrals.
- Participate in Red Teams, Permanency Roundtables, and other meetings on regular basis.
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Knowledge of child protection and impact of trauma/victimization on family systems and child development.
- Knowledge of computer applications such as MS Office.
- Willingness to demonstrate the County's Norms and Values.
- Ability to demonstrate exemplary customer service and assertiveness skills.
- Ability to be self directed and take initiative.
- Ability to model coping skills, especially during times of rapid change or crisis.
- Ability to utilize critical thinking skills and the ability to work difficult or complicated cases.
- Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently and be organized.
- Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to handle emotionally challenging situations, such as dealing with angry or upset clients.
- Work effectively with a diverse population of staff, clients, and children.
- Adhere to the agency Mission: To Responsibly Serve the Adams County Community with Integrity and Innovation.
- Ability and willingness to accommodate clients' schedules by meeting outside of normal business hours at times.
- Ability to demonstrate resiliency and healthy coping skills when faced with challenges.
- Ability to demonstrate empathy and a strength based approach with families involved in the child welfare system.
- Qualifications for Success
- Experience: Two (2) years of full time professional social casework experience, acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency, in an area appropriate to the position.
- Education and Training:
- Bachelor's Degree in one of the human behavioral science fields.
- An MSW may substitute for all of the required experience.
- Proof of education, (degree or transcripts), and license (if candidate has received one) are required.
- License or Certificate:
- Colorado Child Welfare Caseworker certification required, and must be completed within three (3) months of employment, through the Colorado Training Academy (State Child Welfare). Certification through another State will require proof of completion, and may substitute for all or part of the training required by Colorado.
- Possession of a Colorado Driver's License and proof of automotive insurance.
- Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
- More Qualifications for Success
- Ability to work in a standard office environment.
- Ability to utilize personal vehicle or other mode of transportation to make visits to client's homes, travel to court and other public facilities in all types of weather.
- Ability to lift and carry (1-50 lbs.) infants and small children in the care and custody of the County, as well as the ability to carry their belongings.
- Ability to conduct home visits in unknown and uncontrolled settings which may include animals, feces, airborne contaminants, gang members, weapons, and other environmental hazards.