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 Specialist in Little Rock, AR. The Family Service Worker Specialist is responsible for providing protective foster care and supportive services for abused or neglected children. This position: Recommends the opening of protective services, foster care or supportive services cases and provides direct casework service. Conducts home studies and may investigate suspected child abuse and neglect complaints. Develops case plans to establish goals, objectives, tasks, and time frames for all parties involved in case. Recruits and trains foster families and visits parents on a regular basis to monitor progress toward case objectives. 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. Prepares court reports for custody hearings and presents testimony when necessary. Attends or conducts staff meeting to discuss investigative findings and observations and to develop and monitor case plans. Acts as lead worker by assigning and reviewing work, training new employees and providing input on employee evaluations as needed. 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 client's problems. 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 three years of experience as a social field worker, or related area. Position Number: 22143140 Closing date: April 22, 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!