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Children's Services Worker - Kinship Coordinator (2747-12)

Children's Services Worker - Kinship Coordinator (2747-12) 
Deadline to Apply
September 27, 2021

Work Location:  
Job & Family Services 
222 E. Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Work Hours:  Full Time – 80 hours biweekly 

Starting Salary: $18.17-$26.19 hourly

NOTE: Applicants for positions with Hamilton County Job and Family Services are subject to background screening in accordance with the document: "Offenses that May Disqualify Candidates for Employment." Convictions from this list may disqualify a candidate for employment with HCJFS.

Requirements (Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification): 

  • Master’s degree in Social Work (or Human Services related); or Bachelor's degree in Social Work (or Human Services related)
  • Must possess a valid driver's license issued in the state of residency.
  • Must have the use of an insured automobile.
  • A criminal records check conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the FBI is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (*Indicates developed after employment)
Knowledge of: counseling, case management; interviewing; psychology and/or Human Behavior; sociology or social work; agency and/or community counseling programs
And services specific to area in which employed; federal and state regulations governing delivery of services; treatment team concepts; agency/institution practices and procedures.
Ability to: define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; apply principles to solve practical, everyday problems dealing with variety of variables; recognize unusual or threatening conditions and take emergency action; review; critique individual programming and make feasible recommendations; gather, collate and classify information about data, people or things; develop good rapport with clients, residents, and respective families, handle sensitive face to face contacts and inquiries; cooperate with co-workers; establish goals and objectives; deal with a variety of variables and determine specific courses of action on basis of need; prepare routine letters reflecting standard procedures; write accurate reports; carry out instructions in written or oral form; work alone on most tasks.
Must undergo a background check via Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation (BCI). Must maintain a valid driver’s license issued by the state of residency and auto liability insurance.
Must have cell phone availability during working hours-Cell phone stipend eligible.
Lift and carry children; lift and carry child car seats; lift and carry infant carrier; stand entire length of home visit (an hour or longer); conduct home visits during warmest months of the year (no air conditioning); significant walking during home visit, and frequent walking to and from court; frequently enter and exit motor vehicle; frequently climbing and descending stairs; sitting for extended periods while driving; stooping, bending, crouching; able to quickly exit hazardous/dangerous situations that could involve violent clients, violent relatives, vicious animals, insects, rodents, unstable structures, etc.; able to lift and carry large case files and occasionally push a cart containing case files.

Job Duties (Summary):

  •  Provides child specific relative/non relative search efforts for a caseload of children in interim/temporary custody as part of out of short and long term home care placement options and concurrent planning; works with children, parents and other family members to identify relatives and other family and child connections; reviews entire case records and collaborates with other divisions within JFS to identify relatives and other family connections; works directly with the caseworker, child, biologic family (paternal and maternal), team members, known fictive kin, siblings, adopted siblings in the identification and assessment of appropriate kin.
  • Conducts relative homestudies in accordance with OAC rule and HCJFS policy; makes recommendations for approval based on assessment; completes timely assessment appropriate to urgency of need.

  • Conducts needs assessment with family; develops plan of support in collaboration with kinship provider, caseworker and team and arranges or ensures necessary support and services are delivered in accordance with the caregiver and family needs; serves as an advocate and point of contact for the kin caregiver.

  • Serves as kinship resource for casework staff; provides formal training and information regarding needs and available resources for kinship families; establishes relationships with community public and private stakeholders which includes community advocacy and outreach in support of kinship families.

  • Completes activity logs and data entry into Protect Ohio database and SACWIS; completes reports as required; attends court and other meetings as necessary.

  • Attends necessary approved training as required.

  • Performs other casework related duties as assigned.
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