Southwest Key Programs Inc.

  • Home Study Social Worker

    Location US-IL
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/19/2018 12:44 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Case Management/Case Work
  • Job Summary:

    The Home Study Social Worker is responsible for conducting home studies of prospective sponsors. For home studies, the Social Worker assesses the sponsor family unit, evaluates the prospective sponsor’s ability to provide a safe living environment that meets the child’s needs, and educates and prepares the prospective sponsor for reunification with the child. The home study is conducted as a collaborative psycho-educational process in which the Social Worker helps the client and sponsor identify areas where additional support, resources or information are needed to ensure successful reunification, and provides assistance with accessing needed supports and services.

    Essential Functions:

    • Conduct interviews with shelter staff, clients, and prospective sponsors as well as home visits for the purpose of making client release recommendations
    • Coordinate all travel arrangements for home visits
    • Write thorough and complete Home Study reports with minimal grammatical errors
    • Submit reports to supervisor by program deadlines
    • Maintain ongoing communication with supervisor as well as participate in weekly case review with supervisor
    • Provide services within Southwest Key and funding source guidelines
    • Participate in and comply with all meetings, assignments, process improvement, and quality improvement initiatives as assigned by supervisor
    • Demonstrate the ability to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned


    Other Functions:

    • Maintain confidentiality in all areas of client and program operations
    • Maintain professional and ethical standards as prescribed by Southwest Key and other relevant entities
    • Must be available to travel to other SWK and community sites as needed in order to support necessary program operations
    • Must be available to travel to other cities and states as needed for required training and implementation of new initiatives

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) or a Master’s degree in education, psychology, sociology or other behavioral science equivalent with at least 1 year of related experience
    • Knowledgeable about local social services and have experience with home studies, working with immigrant populations, knowledgeable about family preservation, kinship care, and/or child welfare
    • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
    • Ability to complete required reports and documentation in a timely manner
    • Excellent time management, organization, and task completion skills
    • Experience working with children, youth, and/or families from high-risk backgrounds
    • Must be fluent in English and Spanish
    • Ability to travel during up to 75% of work week
    • Must possess a valid driver's license, current driver's insurance, and reliable transportation
    • Successful completion of 86 hours of pre-service training and job shadowing
    • Compliance with pre-service drug testing (non-California employees only)
    • Compliance with pre-service TB testing and PPD Reading. Bi-annual TB testing and PPD reading required thereafter for continued employment
    • Compliance with annual requirement of 50 training hours as mandated by SWK, ORR, and state licensing standards

    Skills Preferred:

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW)
    • Licensed or license eligible
    • 2 years direct service delivery experience with family reunification or family preservation and/or foster care and home adoption home study preparation

    Physical Demands:

    • Bending, stooping, and lifting a minimum of 15-25 lbs required to complete daily tasks
    • Must have the ability to remain in standing position for extended periods of the work day

    Work Environment:

    Ability to work a flexible work schedule is required dependent upon the assigned caseload and duties. Work schedules are subject to variation and extended hours, and may include weekend and holiday hours as needed in order to satisfactorily complete all job duties in a timely manner.


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