Family Services Specialist - Charleston, IL

Position Summary: Assists families in crisis through DCFS programs including: Family Habilitation Services, Visitation and Housing. Services we provide allow families to be compliant with court-ordered program participation and work through difficult situations with assistance.
Essential Duties:
Work with families in crisis through DCFS and various State contracts
Prepare written reports and maintain accurate records and court testimony
Prepare and sign client progress reports on a monthly basis:
Scheduled dates and units of service
Specific goals/issues to be addressed for each date of service
Documentation as to whether each appointment was successful or missed
Reports of progress for each identified goal
Recommendations for future service
Report all child abuse and neglect
Immediately report any significant events, changes in family circumstances, or unusual incidents involving the client or family members to their supervisor
Attend all mandated trainings
Work directly with families in the home, teaching and demonstrating homemaking skills, parenting skills, anger management, utilizing effective resources
Supervised visitation / Unsupervised visitation -- Provide transportation for parent and/or children to and from locations for supervised visitation. Observe all interaction of visitation, parent and child behaviors and redirect according to parenting needs and parent / child behaviors
Help families locate housing throughout the local areas. Housing could include public government housing, private rent, or shelter care
Assist clients with finding jobs and community resources
The goal of services for intact families is to support the family and prevent the placement of the child(ren) out of the home.
Position Requirements & Competencies:
High school diploma or GED; Associates degree is a plus
Must be at least 21 years of age
Experience in social work, child care, or working with families is preferred
Must have a dependable automobile, a valid driver's license, and proof of auto insurance
Must pass the CANTS background check and other required background checks.

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