Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
CLC seeks a social worker to be part of its multidisciplinary team to represent children in foster care. The social worker works with staff and volunteer lawyers to represent children in court. The social worker’s role in the representation includes meeting with the child clients and volunteer lawyers; gathering and reviewing new client files and forwarding them to lawyers; outlining placement, education, health and other issues and concerns for the lawyer’s attention. The social worker is responsible for ensuring client summaries and interim file reviews are performed and relevant issues flagged for the lawyers; responding to lawyers’ requests for information, assistance or advice on the issues noted above; working with lawyers on social work matters for their clients; and responding to telephone requests for assistance or information. In addition, the social worker will assist with CLC training and education programs, stay abreast of community programs and services relevant to foster children, and help CLC proactively address trends in child protection and social work issues. Some evening hours required.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
• BSW required, MSW preferred.
• At least 5 years of demonstrated experience working directly with children and adults in Minnesota’s child protection and public adoption system.
• Demonstrated experience with permanency planning for foster children, including a solid understanding of the multiple paths to permanency available under Minnesota law, as well as best practices and trends in permanency planning nationally.
• Demonstrated experience assessing the range of out-of-home placement options available for Minnesota children, and experience in effective individual placement and treatment planning.
• Knowledge and experience with family finding, kinship searches, file mining, child specific recruitment, child engagement, and other strategies for achieving permanency for foster children.
• Knowledge of and experience with child welfare issues under the Indian Child Welfare Act.