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. There are current needs for individuals interested in working with the families and children.

This job description is not all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by management.  Job descriptions and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.  The list of essential functions, as outlined herein,is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification.  It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

Job Summary: This position provides ongoing diligent search efforts for Child Advocate (CA) and CA – Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) Specialists to locate parties whose whereabouts are not known; coordinates with CA’s as needed.

Responsibilities: Conducts diligent search efforts with contacts from the Florida Department of Corrections, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), Classification Officer, Office of the Attorney General (OAG), family members, employers, neighbors, hospitals, foreign consulates, homeless shelters, Florida Power and Light (FPL), Bell South, vital statistics, and the Florida Putative Father Registry by:

  • Requests diligent search information from federal, state, local, out of state and international agencies using “letters of inquiry” to locate the missing individual.

  • Researches websites for current or new information on the missing parent(s) both in the United States or internationally, i.e., www.accurint.com, people search databases; accesses the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) website to provide face sheet information to the CA for children with a criminal history.

  • Researches websites for current or new information on the missing parent(s) both in the United States or internationally, i.e., www.accurint.com, people search databases; accesses the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) website to provide face sheet information to the CA for children with a criminal history.

  • Verifies that the diligent search is complete; prepares the affidavit of diligent search (ADS) for the CA to submit to the court.

  • Collects and releases the birth certificate(s) of Child(ren) in ChildNet’s care to CA’s; mails “Baby Alert” letters to county district hospitals when a child is missing and pregnant, as requested by the CA.

  • Builds relationship with the prospective or actual parent(s) to facilitate their continuous contact with ChildNet’s CA’s, and TPR Specialist; obtains their current address and speaks to them regularly.

  • Maintains the diligent search case files for ChildNet clients at assigned service center in accordance with regulations, standards, and procedures relating to the records management function, e.g., inquires, legal requests, chronological notes (CHRONOS), checklists; returns files to the CA when the diligent search is closed.

  • Prioritizes daily workload to confirm that deadlines are met and CA’s have current, updated information in time for the next court hearing, i.e., certified mail sent timely, accurate updates provided to CA’ to attach to Judicial Review (JR).

  • Prepares various tracking logs regarding activities, e.g., diligent search and legal request; submits legal requests to the Legal Department to obtain ex-parte orders from the OAG.

 

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.

 

Skills / Requirements

* High School Diploma or equivalent

* One (1) or more years of experience performing administrative tasks and working with internet databases.

* Must be proficient in all Microsoft applications.

* Possess excellent organizational skills, written and verbal communication.

* Able and willing to work with a diverse client community.

Competencies:

  • Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.
  • Attention to Communication: The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed.
  • Written Communication: The ability to express oneself clearly in business writing.
  • Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
  •  Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
  • Results Orientation: The ability to focus on the desired result of one's own or one's unit's work, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law. Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).