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Job Title:

Permanency Specialist

Job Post ID:

19113

Posted Until:

07/16/2019

Salary:

DOE

Location:

Chicago

Hours:

Other Shift

WorkType:

Full Time

Industry

Other

Job Description:

BASIC FUNCTION:
To facilitate the adoption and guardianship process for prospective parents by providing assistance to case management staff in the completion, submission, approval and closing of adoption or guardianship.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide adoption/guardianship training certification referral for prospective foster parent seeking adoption or guardianship.
• Assess prospective parents’ capacity to determine if they will provide an appropriate home for adoption or guardianship, including interview of youth and named back up caregiver to complete the adoption/guardianship assessment.
• Mine file, contact birth family and child welfare specialist to gather a comprehensive history of medical, mental health, substance abuse, behavior and educational documentation to include in subsidy.
• Develop a comprehensive, clear and accurate foster home conversion assessment and investigatory report.
• Complete accurate adoption/guardianship (CFS 1800) subsidy packet and legal documents to submit to the DCFS Adoption Coordinator.
• Maintain and submit accurate and complete case notes on each family.
• Utilize adoption assistance/guardianship case record checklist (CFS 1800 TA) to ensure all documentation is attached, completed and sent to DCFS Adoption Coordinator.
• Complete and submit recommended modifications and/or additions upon request from prospective adoptive parent(s), guardian(s), attorney and/or DCFS within established time frames.
• Obtain background checks within appropriate timeframes according to the prospective parent’s licensing status
• Verify youth’s benefit eligibility; IV, Social Security, etc. Via Benefit check email.
• Provide counsel to prospective adoptive/guardian on questions, concerns or other relevant issues.
• Provide training, support and/or consultation to child welfare specialist completing adoption/guardianship packets independently.
• Submit reports as required by the Director and/or Deputy Director of Case Management.
• Maintain communication with SOS, DCFS to ensure coordination of efforts.
• Communicate problems and issues within the department to the Village Director.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Comply with all SOS policies, state, federal, county and city laws, rules and regulations.
• Participate in ongoing professional development workshops and seminars as required by the organization and other governing bodies.
• Attend required staff meetings, agency meetings, supervision and other meetings as requested.
• Completion of all DCFS required paperwork, including CFS 906 and CFS 1425 within 72 hours of notification of final date of adoption/guardianship.

Job Requirements:


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• BSW or relevant DCFS approved Bachelor’s Degree; MSW preferred.
• Five years direct service child welfare experience and 2 year experience in adoption/guardianship work experience.
• DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure required; 402 Licensure preferred or ability to pass 402 licensure test within 3 months of employment.
• Ability to work with DCFS, courts, and other social service systems.
• Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including CANTS/SACWIS and SORS.
• Ability to provide required DCFS Medical Report/TB test.
• Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable transportation.
• Ability to attend DCFS trainings and seminars to stay abreast of DCFS policy and procedures regarding adoption and guardianship.
• Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.
• Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and professional manner.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Strong communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.
• Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
• Ability to work flexible hours.
• Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.
• Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.

Benefits:

1. Health Care benefits through Blue Cross Blue Shield
2. 403(b) retirement and savings plans
3. Accrued paid-time off and paid holidays
4. May qualify for federal student loan forgiveness

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