Friday, March 13, 2015

Case Support Specialist - Bilingual - Catholic Community Services (Tacoma, WA)

Title: Case Support Specialist - Bilingual
Date Open: 3/13/2015
Date Closed: Until Filled
Department: International Foster Care
Reports to: IFC Program Supervisor
Status: Full-time w/benefits
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Starting Salary/Hourly Rate: $15.89 - $17.54 hr/DOE

Program Description:

The International Foster Care program (IFC) provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for children who have fled their countries of origin. This comprehensive set of services includes education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development. Children come to us as refugees, victims of trafficking and asylees from around the world, including the following countries of origin: Vietnam, Cambodia, China, the Sudan, Myanmar and Central America (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala).

Position Description:

The International Foster Care Program provides long-term and short-term foster care to undocumented alien minor children (UAC), mostly from Central America. Position requires you to work independently, as part of a team, and in support of case managers. Consultation, training, and advocacy are important components of this program, with family reunification being the primary goal for children. Experience working with immigrant populations desirable. There will be some evening and weekend hours required.

Essential Functions:
* Provide orientation to client entering DCS foster care programs, including education on foster care system, expectations, client rights and responsibilities, local, state and federal laws with focus on teen driving privileges/restrictions, alcohol/substances and dating norms, and Know Your Rights (legal) oral and DVD presentation. * Provide transportation to various legal, medical, education and community appointments and events. Includes occasionally escorting children on flights to various airports in the U.S. for reunification with family. * In conjunction with case managers and foster parents, plan cultural preservation activities for all children in our care. * Work with program team to ensure compliance to ORR/DCS federal contracts for children in Transitional (Short-Term) and Long Term Foster Care. * Prepare new files with cover sheets, table of contents, and file tabs/inserts. Complete in-take paperwork/processing including photos, and issue of program IDs. Prepare exit packets to include required information to sponsors including referrals to pro-bono attorneys or other legal organizations, information on Child/Abuse Neglect, Trafficking/Exploitation and PTSD Fact Sheets. Assist case managers with organizing and maintaining documentation in case files. * Monitor and document phone calls between children and approved sponsors and family members during the family reunification process. * Provide bilingual homework help in basic arithmetic (multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, simple graphs), and basic science (health/nutrition). Follow-through with educational plans as directed by case managers/foster parents for long-term foster care youth in high school; including English as a second language, bilingual programs and access to higher level tutoring for Math and Science. * Work with foster parents and case managers to prepare children for: a) Family reunification; if possible. b) Independence and self-sufficiency. c) Immigration court hearings. d) Voluntary departure to country origin; if necessary. * Facilitate with the adjustment of the children into foster care. * Collect demographic and statistical data for program reviews, audits and evaluations as directed by leadership. * Participate in related trainings/attend weekly staff meetings. * Assist Medical Coordinator with documentation related to treatment and billing for services provided to children in care, to include filling out new patient forms, giving correct claims submission information to service providers, and providing interpretation during medical appointments as needed. Ensure to compliance to HIPPA. * Other duties as may be reasonably delegated by the supervisor.

Job Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: * BA/BS degree in social work or related field. * Must be Bi-lingual in Spanish. * Experience working in children or teens. * Good written and oral communication skills. * Intermediate computer skills. * Ability to maintain accurate client records. * Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment. * Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and provide current auto registration. * Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy, (required to provide current driving abstract) * Proof of negative TB test upon hire or proof of test within past 12 months. * Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations. * Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services. * Support and contribute to a creative, collaborative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION: * Strong organizational skills. * Knowledge of Washington State child welfare regulations and procedures. * Experience working with diverse populations; preferably with ethnic minorities and, or refugee populations.

Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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