Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.
OBJECTIVE: Facilitates communication with case stakeholders to oversee cases are accurately and completely presented and expedite case movement through the legal process.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS MAY INCLUDE:
- Obtains copies of court dockets and notifies staff and attorneys of any
hearings or motions relating to CHS cases.
- Meets with program management to discuss scheduled or requested hearings
regarding active CHS cases.
- Promotes positive relationships, cooperation and high regard among all case
stakeholders and CHS clients.
- Provides formal and informal training to staff and clients regarding court
processes and appropriate behavior.
- Tracks dates for review hearings and in collaboration with the program staff
confirms these are on the court schedule and that all involved parties are
- Identifies any communications or procedural problems between the CHS staff
and the legal systems and works with case stakeholders to resolve them.
- Staff cases with supervisor/team/providers/DCF/attorney as needed.
- Prepare summary reports for program management and/or other parties
regarding the status of scheduled legal conferences or hearings and case
outcomes before the court.
- Prepare for and attend court hearings as assigned.
- May manage travel and psychotropic orders/requests, putative father
requests, diligent search affidavits, out of town inquiries (OTI), interstate
compact on the placement of children (ICPC) matters, and lead staffing’s
ordered by the court.
- Participate in the quality management process.
- Communicates with court employees, Children’s Legal Services and judges to
keep them informed of CHS programs and services.
- Reviews legal documents for accuracy prior to reports being filed with
Children’s Legal Services and the court.
- Tracks the timeliness of legal documents submissions and frequency of
corrections being required.
- Provides periodic statistical reporting on court activity.
- Acts as the lead or may assist in corroborating that master trust documents
are attached to legal documents.
- Acts as the lead or may assist in reviewing and taking action on credit reports
for youth in licensed care.
- Provides timely written notes to supervisors regarding the results of each
hearing including court orders on assigned cases.
Early Childhood Court Team duties:
- Collaborates on the development and periodic revision of policies and
procedures with the Early Childhood Court Team.
- Coordinates with families in the dependency system to provide initial
- Communicates and advocates Early Childhood Court Team recommendations
to court employees and judges.
- Implements local evaluation plans; collects and reports data to Early
Childhood Court Team database.
This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children's Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.
REQUIRED: All degrees must be from an accredited university.
- Bachelor degree in human services, allied legal services, business
administration, child development or similar field
- Two years of experience in a dependency or early childhood environment
- One year of experience with dependency proceedings, preparation of reports
for the courts, court testimony, and child welfare or child protective services
- Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire
- Completion of an accredited paralegal/legal assistant program or certification
as a legal assistant
- Master’s Degree in social work, psychology, child welfare, early childhood
education or related human services field
- Florida Child Welfare Case Management Certification
- Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to make home visits/travel
- Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential duties
- Ability to be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic
- Commitment to effectively and efficiently providing customer service
satisfaction with positive service delivery results
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to work in a diverse environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office products
- Ability to analyze complex data
- Ability to display appropriate social skills and diplomacy
- Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting
organizational rules, policies and procedures
- Ability to perform routine to complex administrative support activities
research and compile data; and prepare correspondence and reports
- Ability to work independently
- Knowledge of law and legal procedure
- Knowledge of legal terminology
- Ability to coordinate and facilitate team meetings
- Ability to coordinate services according to case plans
- Ability to teach through the provision of training or coaching
NEEDED: driving, sitting
PREFERRED: carrying, kneeling, lifting, standing, walking