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Case Worker

SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services is a great place to do good work. Join our team of committed professionals who help vulnerable New Yorkers meet life's challenges and build a solid foundation for the future.

• Manage a caseload of:
• 8-12 youth in LGBTQ foster care program. .
• Fulfill duty of Mandated Reporter, which entails reporting any suspected instances of child abuse or maltreatment.
• Conduct up to 2 face-to-face casework contacts per month - approximately an hour for each child on caseload to assess child safety, provide support, and discuss progress towards permanency; additional contacts to be conducted as needed.
• Document all contact with families and casework activities within 7 days in CONNECTIONS.
• Meet with Supervisor one-on-one on a consistent basis to discuss safety and permanency issues of caseload.
• Complete comprehensive semi-annual reports regarding the status of the family’s action plan and progress towards permanency.
• Prepare court reports and other legal documentation.
• Testify in family court proceedings regarding the status of cases.
• Work with young adults and their families to identify developmentally appropriate goals for safety, permanency and well being
• Make referrals for services for children and families both internally and externally.
• Coordinate, supervise, and assess visits between parents/family resources and their children as needed.
• Be available to handle crises or emergencies, such as psychiatric hospitalizations, 24/7, whenever they occur.
• Communicate effectively with NYC Children’s Services, medical and mental health centers, schools, other SCO programs, and all other relevant parties.
• Attend TEAM meetings with program staff twice a month
• Coordinate and participate regularly in conferences with families, children, and foster parents regarding safety, permanency and well-being.
• Locate and assess extended family members who are interested in being permanent or foster parent resources for children.
• Gather, organize, input, and maintain both electronic and paper records containing all casework documentation for each child and parent.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Education/Degree: Bachelor’s degree required (BSW or MSW preferred), Proficient in Microsoft Word and CONNECTIONS. Prior experience working with LGBTQ adolescents and knowledge of LGBTQ resources preferred.
• Valid NYS Driver’s License required.
• Travel within each of the 5 boroughs, Long Island, Upstate New York, or more distant locations if necessary in order to visit all of our clients’ residences, which may be in lower income neighborhoods, prisons, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and various shelter or rehabilitation facilities.
• Commitment to the mission and programs of SCO Family of Services.
• Continued employment contingent upon:
• Reachable beyond normal work hours
• Attendance at all mandatory trainings.
• Ability to work with children and families that have histories of chemical dependency, mental illness, neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, different cultural backgrounds, and varying socioeconomics statuses.
• Ability to work competently, compassionately, and without judgment with individuals who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who may be in different stages of discovering or disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
• Ability to work varying schedules that may cause you to work in excess of your regularly scheduled hours or weekends if necessary.
• Ability to respond to the unique developmental needs of children in different stages of maturation including early childhood, school age, or young adulthood.
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, a strong sense of empathy towards our populations served, and a passion for the field of child welfare.
• Strong time management and teamwork skills, diligence, and resilience

If you are interested in the position mentioned above, please apply to the position of interest at:

Please keep in mind that it is not possible for us to personally contact every candidate, but rest assured that your information will be reviewed and one of our hiring managers will contact you if you’re being considered for the position.



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