Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Dependency Case Mgr Trainee/Dependency Case Manager

    Job Locations US-FL-Lakeland
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Dependency Case Management
    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.


    PROGRAM NAME: Adoptions, Protective Services and Full Service Case 
    OBJECTIVE:  To train and become proficient in identifying and assessing client and family needs of minors placed in care by DCF due to abuse or neglect by caretakers, with the ultimate goal of permanency. To assist and become proficient in evaluating, coordinating the necessary services and/or treatment are provided; assist in completing assessments. 

    - Attend formal instruction (Phase I Child Protection Certification training

    - Upon successful completion of Phase I, enters Phase II which is a monitored

      field practice under close supervision which may include
    - Conduct child safety assessments.
    - Assess client needs and develop service plans.
    - Coordinate the delivery of services; plan referrals and linkages to clients and

    - Monitor service plan progress and evaluates reports from multiple service

      providers and keep supervisor notified of progress or lack of progress.
    - Develop and maintain case and program documentation according to contract

      and CHS standards (assessments, treatment/service plans, progress notes,

      termination summaries, etc.)
    - Prepare case/status reports and make recommendations/ testify at courts or

      other prescribed body regarding reunification, termination of parental rights

      or other permanency plans.
    - Conduct diligent searches as required by dependency laws.
    - Coordinate services with other professionals and paraprofessionals.
    - Conduct community outreach as needed.
    - Provide specialized services that may include detainment, interstate compact,

      post placement supervision, relative/non-relative caregiver home studies,

      court testimony, termination of parental rights and judicial review staffing.
    - Provide support to children, caregivers and family members to assure stable

      placement and timely achievement of permanency.
    - Assist family / caregivers in accessing subsidy, medical coverage and other

      needed services for children.
    - Coordinate cases with supervisor, team members, providers, DCF and

      attorneys as needed.
    - Facilitate placement and independent living.
    - May remove and place children.
    - May facilitate mediation staffing for reunification, TPR and detainment.
    - Arrange or provide transportation of clients when needed.
    - Arrange for drug / alcohol screens as necessary.
    - Provide on call support as required or scheduled.
    - Participate in the quality improvement process. 
    - Participate in the quality management process.

    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's Degree in human services related field
    - Must successfully complete:
    - The prescribed Child Protection Certification training and examination.
    - A considerable period of monitored field practice under close supervision and

      the associated field case requirement. The candidate may be advanced to a

      Dependency Case Manager once all qualifications have been met
    - The CHS Dependency Experience Waiver learning path, unless the employee

      possesses one of the preferred qualifications. 
    - Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire


    - Master's degree in Social Work
    - Two years experience working with at risk children and families 

    - Ability to act decisively when necessary to protect client
    - Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
    - Ability to identify and understand environmental stressors
    - Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
    - Ability to observe and report accurately on the functioning of individuals &

    - Ability to perform at a high level of autonomy or with minimal supervision
    - Ability to set appropriate limits and boundaries with clients
    - Ability to travel and make home visits
    - Ability to work flexible hours as required
    - Awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental factors in the

      resolution of family and personal problems
    - Effective assessment skills and intervention strategies
    - Effective verbal and written communication skills

    NEEDED: driving, reaching, sitting
    PREFERRED: bending/stooping, carrying, kneeling, lifting, pushing/pulling, standing, walking 


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