State Of Mississippi Montgomery , AL 36101
Characteristics of Work Benefits Supplemental Questions
This is the entry level in the Licensure Specialist series. The work involves professional social services, which encompasses the provision of case management services designed to identify and maintain resources for children requiring foster care placement until the children can be safely reunited with his/her family or adopted.
As part of the Licensure Unit, incumbents focus on the recruitment, retention, training, and licensure of resource parents. The work includes developing and utilizing all agency and community resources to carry out the above objectives. Incumbents remain on call on a 24-hour basis and may be expected to intervene and/or assist law enforcement in volatile situations involving removing at-risk children from abusive parents or guardians.
The incumbents receive training related to the job content and must pass a comprehensive test prior to continued employment and/or advancement. Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior; and close supervision is received through the review of casework plans, recorded narratives, and frequent casework conferences.
Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
Recruits, studies, and recommends foster homes for approval.
Assists with the placement and supervision of children requiring foster home placement.
Provides foster care families continuous need training and/or services prior, during, and after placement.
Appears and testifies in Youth Court, Chancery Court, and Circuit Court when subpoenaed to do so.
Documents activities and time spent with clients in the case file, case management systems, and/or agency time studies.
Interviews clients to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
Maintains case history records and prepares reports.
Keeps records of assigned cases.
Participates in case conferences and/or staff meetings.
Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior.
Develops and reviews service plans in consultation with clients.
Coordinates counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and/or social workers.
Makes referrals to other community/agency resources for clients as necessary.
Conducts preliminary intake interviews.
Conducts recruitment activities, orientations, and screenings for prospective foster home applicants.
Performs foster home licensure activities including ongoing training, maintaining active licensure status, and establishing/monitoring corrective action plans.
Implements administrative procedures and the agency's practice model to meet objectives set by senior management.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, marriage and family therapy, family studies, or a related field.
Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance, which will be verified by the hiring agency.