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Family Case Manager 2 - Region 15: Decatur, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Jefferson and Switzerland Counti

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Please note the newly increased salary for the Family Case Manager position.
Starting salary for this position is $1376.00 bi-weekly or $35,776 annually. All applicants will be hired in at the starting salary. Upon successful completion of the 12-week cohort training, the salary will be increased at the beginning of the following pay period to $1542.00 bi-weekly or to $40,092 annually.
Job Description:
The incumbent works as a Child Services Family Case Manager within a Local County Office of the Department of Child Services (DCS). The purpose of the position is to protect children from abuse and neglect and either maintain or reunify families whenever possible and, when in the best interest of the child, to achieve a permanent home or independent living for children unable to be reunited with their families in a timely manner. The incumbent reports to either a Family Case Manager Supervisor 4 in the larger counties or to the County DCS Director in smaller counties.
Responsibilities:
Investigates reported incidents of child abuse, neglect or dependency, makes determination of whether or not the incident is substantiated and develops recommendations to a Juvenile Court or County Director for disposition.
Assesses safety and level of risk to the child for additional injury or harm, including whether the child is in imminent danger, and may remove the child from the family as the situation warrants; places child in a protected environment.
Performs needs assessments to determine treatment options for families and children evaluated to be abused/neglected or referred by law enforcement, other social service agencies or schools as a possible in need of services (CHINS).
Testifies in either a Juvenile or Criminal Court of Law concerning the needs of the families and children that are assigned to the incumbent's caseload, the families' ability to remedy the abusive/neglectful situation, or concerning alleged criminal activities of a parent or other perpetrator.
Makes recommendations to the court for the return of children to their families, following assessment of safety or risk to the child throughout the life of the case.
Prepares pre-dispositional, dispositional and progress reports to the courts, maintains case files and develops briefing reports for the community child protection team, in-office case staffings or external provider staffings.
Develops "informal adjustment" plans with families and children in their home to divert children from the juvenile justice system and meet the "least intrusive intervention" standard.
Develops case plans collaboratively with families to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient in a safe and nurturing environment and to ensure a permanent home for the child. This plan must be developed in a manner that recognizes unique needs and the diverse backgrounds of the children and their families. Revises case plan as needed to meet the dynamic needs of the child and family.
Monitors treatment plans of contractual service providers to determine if they are consistent with the case plan.
Develops discharge/transition programming to assist families and children to attain and maintain self-sufficiency in a safe environment.
Assesses the service capability of residential treatment programs and providers to ensure that they meet the needs of children and their families.
Accepts on-call responsibility periodically to receive and investigate allegations of child abuse/neglect.
Coordinates local service delivery for a family or children to assist them towards the establishment of a safe and stable home for children.
Counsels families regarding the social needs and skills of families and children.
Conducts home studies, family histories and recommends placement for adoption to an adoption team and assumes lead role in decision making regarding the family to be selected to adopt the child.
Visits children in out-of-home placements to coordinate family reunification, adoption or independent living efforts.
Maintains data which provides management an opportunity to evaluate family and children needs on a trend analysis basis.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Preferred Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university required. At least 15 semester hours or 21 quarter hours in child development; criminology; criminal justice; education; healthcare; home economics; psychology; guidance and counseling; social work; or sociology required (copy of transcript must accompany the application or must be submitted at the time of interview if granted).
BSW and/or MSW degree preferred
Benefits:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued leave.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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