Children's Home Society of Florida

Court Liaison

Job Locations US-FL-Miami
Job ID
2017-3163
# of Openings
1
Category
Dependency Case Management
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

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.
 

Responsibilities

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:
 
General duties:
- 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

  informed.
- 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.
 
Dependency duties:
- 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

  referrals.
- 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.

Qualifications

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 
 
PREFERRED:
 
- 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 
 
SKILLS:
 
- 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

  characteristics
- 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 
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
NEEDED: driving, sitting
PREFERRED: carrying, kneeling, lifting, standing, walking

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