Independent Living/Extended Foster Care Advocate
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 to become Certified Case Managers. ChildNet provides on-site training for qualified individuals to prepare them to obtain their Florida certification as a Child Welfare Case Manager. Becoming a Child Welfare Case Manager is an opportunity for select individuals to help vulnerable children through family reunification, adoption, or independent living. Case Managers work with parents, children, foster parents, group homes, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the County's Juvenile Justice System, and many support services to meet the goals of ChildNet and the Department of Children and Families.
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 comprehensive case management services to youth in the Independent Living Program.
Consults with foster parents/caregivers and service provider staff on and about issues, problems, services, policies and procedures to achieve the goal of Independent Living (IL) for child(ren) 13 to 21 years of age by:
- Manages the case of a dependent child ensuring that they receive all of the necessary services detailed in the case plan and facilitating permanency safely for the child.
- Continuously explore permanency options for the youth regardless of the youth’s age.
- Maintaining proficiency in new and pending laws concerning children receiving/eligible for Independent Living Services.
- Attend Independent Living Transition and Education Plan staffings for all children in licensed care ages 17 and 17.5 years old.
- Transport and/or coordinate transportation for youth to attend Independent Living Transition and Education Plan Staffings.
- Facilitate/Incorporate the results of the thirteen, fifteen and seventeen years old youths IL Assessment into their IL transition plans. Updates the IL services into the case plans, as needed.
- Reviewing information system, case file and complete the staffing form prior to staffing; completes the required packets with the teen, schedules and attends independent living staffings; provides the teen(s) and educational institute with the recommendations from the staffing.
- Performing monthly home visits/face-to-face contact for youth and young adult according to guidelines provided in the Florida Administrative Code and Statutes.
- Ensure that youth(s) obtain assistance in obtaining a Florida ID card, opening a bank account and exploring housing needs.
- Ensure youth ages 16 and 17 years old receive a copy of their credit check from all three credit bureaus. Document review of the credit check with the youth in FSFN.
- Assist youth with their transition by providing ongoing follow up and discussion as to their progress .in areas including but not limited to money management, obtaining employment, educational goals, positive relationships, extracurricular activities, participation in driver’s education and other programs; Acting as the liaison between the teen(s) and the foster parent(s)/caregiver(s) and provides support needed to maintain the placement.
- Tracking each youth’s progress under Independent Living using the appropriate automated software system.
- Identifying services in the community that will provide training and assistance to the foster teen(s) and young adults, i.e., Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, Life Coach Services.
- Recognizing, respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.
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
- Bachelor's degree in social work or related area of study from an accredited college or university required.
- Must have a Florida Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Certification.
- Two (2) years work experience in human services or child welfare programs preferred.
- Valid Florida Driver's license.
- Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills.
- Must possess a valid and clean Florida drivers license without any restrictions and/or citations that would affect job performance.
- Must have own reliable transportation and the ability to obtain and show proof of insurance.
- Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet with children and families.
- Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.
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.
Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.
Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.
Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.
Persuasive Communication: The ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.
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).
Job Status: Full Time