Family Service Worker

Company: Arkansas Department of Human Services

Updated: 4/21/2014

Description:

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state's largest agency with 8,200 employees working in 181 county offices serving more than one million people. Employees work in 10 major divisions and five support offices to provide services to Arkansas citizens. DHS is currently seeking to hire a Family Service Worker in Stuttgart, AR. The Family Service Worker is responsible for providing protective foster care and supportive services for abused or neglected children. This Position: Investigates suspected child abuse and neglect complaints by making on-site visits, securing background information, and interviewing parties involved. Discusses investigative findings and observations with supervisor and recommends the opening of protective services, foster care, or supportive services cases. Intervenes in crisis situations, removes the child from the home if the situation is life threatening, and arranges for temporary placement in foster homes, group homes, or treatment facilities. Develops a case plan to establish goals, objectives, tasks and time frames for all parties involved in case. Provides counseling and guidance to clients in defining their needs, interests, and courses of action and refers clients to other professionals, agencies, services, or community resources appropriate to clients' problems. Recruits and trains families, conducts home studies and family assessments to determine appropriate child placements, and visits clients and/or foster parents on a regular basis to monitor progress toward case objectives. Documents all case work activities and developments and prepares court reports for custody hearings and presents testimony when necessary. Performs other duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field; plus successful completion of a six month training class within agency core training period. Position Number: 22103496 Closing date: April 20, 2014 APPLY ONLINE AT HTTP://WWW.ARSTATEJOBS.COM Like us on http://www.facebook.com/ardhsjobs and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/ARdhsjobs for more great DHS career opportunities!