Job Description

ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Responsibilities:

  • Manages the case of a dependent child ensuring that they receive all of the necessary services detailed in the case plan by:
  • Actively working to do whatever needs to be done to move the child from where he or she is to the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time during the intake and placement process fulfilling established federal and state mandates and Florida Statute, Chapter 39, ChildNet’s System of Care, policies and procedure.
  • Meeting with the Broward Sherriff’s Office (BSO) Protective Investigator, the parents, the school board representative and ChildNet’s contracted providers, e.g., shelters, foster home providers and residential group care providers to coordinate the child(ren)s entrance into ChildNet’s System of Care keeping the child(ren)s best interest in mind.
  • Assists in gathering further information about the child(ren) and family concerning the case and begins the assessment and case planning process to support decision making by the court and ChildNet’s System of Care, i.e., the make-up of the household, the social history of the family, any previous abuse reports, the specific circumstances surrounding the alleged maltreatment, arranges for fingerprinting of the child(ren), receives completed background checks; photographs the child(ren) and completes all required forms and referrals, i.e., home study, placement referral form, etc.
  • Conducting a preliminary assessment of the child(ren) to determine or assess if an alert is warranted, e.g., sexual perpetrator, physically aggressive, sexual offender, juvenile sexual offender or arson.
  • Contacting the appropriate provider agencies to look for an appropriate match for children in care;  i.e., completes Family Safety Contract, places all siblings together, in the same proximity as the family, as appropriate, same school zone, least restrictive setting consistent with the child’s behavioral needs, or with other children carefully considering the mix of children present; facilitates the initial family contact visits for the child(ren) provides recommendations on placement and services to the Assistant Director of  Intake and Placement or Director of  Intake and Placement.
  • Preparing notes for the department staff on events that occurred throughout the shift and distributes the notes daily; completes tracking log, i.e., Log of Logs, Placement Attempts Log.
  • Crafting an initial plan for the child and families; explains or reinforces why child(ren) came into care, i.e., where the child will go to school the next day; assists the child(ren) or parents with the court ordered requirements; offers assistance to obtain Medicaid coverage for the child(ren); conducts supervised visits; coordinates, conducts or completes the child(ren)’s transportation to the appointment or placement; provides direct supervision; provides medication as prescribed and with consent as needed.
  • Coordinating with the representative from the school board to determine the child’s school status so that he or she can continue without disruption; complies with the Broward School Board Interagency Agreement.
  • Assembling, organizing and providing information to the Revenue Maximization Department and Medical Unit, e.g., profile, shelter petition, court order Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Form, birth verification; assigns the cases to the service centers based on geographical location and placement of the child(ren); conducts follow-up with Child Protective Investigator (CPI) to obtain missing information and forward to the service center.

Skills/ Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in human services or child welfare programs. 
  • Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.

The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.

ChildNet is committed to the communities it serves and encourages diversity in the workplace through the building of a racially and culturally diverse organization. ChildNet is an equal opportunity employer and as such, does not discriminate against any person or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.