Larimer County Department of Human Services is seeking creative professionals who want to provide solid casework and a solution focus approach to families involved with child protection. The purpose of Child Protection Services is to assess safety and risk factors that contribute to child abuse/neglect, develop plans and refer to appropriate resources working as a team with families, children, supports, service providers and courts-when necessary-to address the safety and risk, ensure extensive case documentation in a computer database is accurate including court reports, establish permanency and well being for children which may include biological parents, traditional and non-traditional kinship, and adoption. Duties include advocating for families and children, testifying in court, removing children from their home, de-escalating potentially volatile situations, discussing in detail and working with families who struggle with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, multi-generational poverty, child abuse/neglect and sexual abuse. Hours vary and do not adhere to a strict 9 to 5 schedule. While the hours can be long, and at times unpredictable, working with families can be a rich and rewarding experience.
Larimer County Department of Human Services is looking for a candidate with the ability to communicate professionally in person and in writing in order to verify the efforts made to identify concerns and help families work to resolve them. This includes testifying in Court if needed and diving deep with connections to families to try and avoid out of home placement and/or stranger care. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is willing to be accountable through documentation. There are state mandates that requiring that the hard work of both the caseworker and the family are documented through extensive paperwork requirements. This role requires commitment to completing a thorough assessment of children’s safety which includes having difficult, truthful, and extensive conversations with multiple people in one given case until safety is established. It also involves assessing allegations of abuse/neglect, referring clients to appropriate services, collaborating with Law enforcement, schools, medical personnel, mental health agencies, the courts and providers caring for children.
Social Caseworkers work on child abuse or neglect cases and have decision making authority for developing appropriate case/treatment plans for child safety, permanency and well being. They deliver or provide direct services to children and families and must work effectively with individuals and families under stress and difficult circumstances and with persons from diverse backgrounds. Individuals in this role will discuss, in detail, and work with families who are dealing with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, multigenerational poverty, child abuse, child neglect and sexual abuse. The Social Caseworker II will coordinate resources for child protection, parent/child conflict, permanency planning, and concurrent planning. Individuals in this role would also need to provide emergency and crisis intervention.
To Qualify for a Caseworker I:
To Qualify for a Caseworker II:
*Examples of appropriate experience may include: medical social work, clinical experience, paid victim's advocate, residential child care experience, probation officer, law enforcement, domestic violence case manager, or other types of case management experience.
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