Transitional Foster Care Social Worker - Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Transitional Foster Care Social Worker - Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Requisition #: req404
Location: Crofton, Maryland
Hours: Full-time
Bethany Christian Services' heart is for children. Our mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services. Partnering with families for the well-being of children is our top priority.
As a Refugee Social Worker you will conduct culturally sensitive assessments, referrals and counseling for refugee children who are being placed with family members. This social worker will also serve as liaison between the LIRS-DUCS Project clientele and court personnel, law enforcement and the professional community in the state of Maryland.
Conduct assessments, referrals, and counseling for refugee individuals and families at an onsite school setting.
Conduct investigations and asses potential sponsors for placement.
Work directly with case consultations with ORR and LIRS staff.
Consult with staff of refugee resettlement, Court personnel, human service, and community mental health agencies to facility professional relationships to coordinate culturally appropriate services. Develop curriculum, organize and conduct cultural workshops for community professionals and facilitate professional relationships among the participants.
Make and coordinate referrals when necessary to community services.
Prepare a case files through timely assessments, Treatment Services Plans, Progress Notes, and Closing Summary Reports on every referred refugee. Complete paperwork within appropriate timeframes.
Conduct interviews, screenings, assessments, home visits, post placement support/reports and home studies as needed for domestic and/or international families.
Compile statistical information each month including numbers served, cases opened, and ethnic statuses.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Licensed in the state of Maryland (LSWA, LGSW, LCSW, LGPC, LCPC).
Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Prior experience in child welfare.
Demonstrate excellent clinical, assessment skills, and crisis intervention skills.
Demonstrate verbal and written communications skills.
Computer skills sufficient to perform essential functions.
Willingness to travel within the state of Maryland and Washington DC for conducting in-home assessments and visits.
Subscription to and integration of the agency Mission Statement and Cultural Diversity Commitment.
Desired Qualifications:
Prior experience working with refugee or minority families.
Knowledge, experience and training in service to victims of domestic violence.
Mature and stable judgments, sensitivity to various cultures and the unique history of refugees.
Previous experience in conducting home studies preferred certification in safe home studies.

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