Intact Family Specialist- $2,000 Signing Bonus

Chicago, IL
Full Time

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Kaleidoscope Inc, a non-profit, child welfare organization located in Chicago, Illinois is looking to fill the position of Intact Family Specialist  to serve families in our Intact Family program.  In addition to our competitive compensation and benefits package, we are also offering a $2,000 signing bonus for a limited time!

Founded in 1973, our mission today is to empower children, youth and families impacted by abuse and neglect to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships through innovative, individualized case management and clinical services. Our vision is that all children and youth have the opportunity to enjoy safe and healthy lives nurtured by responsive adults.

At Kaleidoscope, we stake our reputation on providing the highest quality child welfare services to children, youth and families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. The work we do is both challenging and rewarding. To accomplish this high level of success, we place the utmost value on our employees and seek to provide them with opportunities for professional growth through supportive supervision, ongoing attachment and trauma-informed clinical training, small caseload ratios, flexible work schedules, competitive pay and excellent benefits.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
 
The Intact Family Services (IFS) Specialist is responsible for providing a variety of community and home-based case management services to assigned families with the goal of promoting safety, wellbeing and permanency.
 
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Position-Specific
  • Demonstrates agency clinical philosophy in all aspects of program activities.

  • Promptly responds to new IFS referrals by participating in the supervisory hand-off and transitional visit within the specified time frame.

  • Develops and documents thorough initial and ongoing assessments of each assigned family.

  • Collaborates with the family team to develop, review and modify service plans that address assessment needs related to safety, wellbeing and permanency.

  • Prepares for and attends school staffings, court hearings and other meetings regarding the assigned families.

  • In consultation with supervisor, makes recommendations to DCFS and court personnel on services, visitation and placement.

  • Monitors the safety and wellbeing of assigned children/youth through face-to-face visits in the home and community, as required.

  • Consults regularly with professionals and family members to ensure quality service coordination and communication.

  • Provides support and information to parents in the safe and nurturing care of children with the goal of providing a stable home which meets the child/youth’s needs.

  • Ensures that client case files are complete through completing and/or obtaining required, consents for release of information or authorization for treatment and current documentation regarding caregiver treatment/services and child medical, developmental, school, therapeutic and other services.

  • Documents all admission, ongoing and closing activities in a timely manner using approved forms/database.

  • Maintains an awareness of community resources appropriate to child, youth and family needs, and makes proper use of these resources through referral and follow-up.

  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of IFS Program Plan requirements, COA accreditation standards and related DCFS and policy and procedures.

  • Completes other duties as assigned by the IFS Team Supervisor.

 
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor's degree in social work or social service related degree
  • Degree Preferred: Master’s degree
  • Language Skills: Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Minimum Years of Experience:  2 years of social service experience required;
  • Licensure: LCSW or LCPC licensure preferred
  • Information Technology Skills Required: Microsoft Office Proficiency
  • Other Requirements: Must possess or pass CWEL, CANS, CERAP, Intact Specialty exams and other state of Illinois certifications, as required
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and time management skills Full time use of minimally insured, operating automobile and valid driver’s license.  Must pass a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report (MVR). 
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COVID-19 Notice

In accordance with Kaleidoscope’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we require all employees hired as of November 16, 2021 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; clients; visitors; and the community at large. Additionally, all employees are required to practice social distancing and be masked in the office when away from assigned workstations. As such, only fully vaccinated candidates will be considered for employment with Kaleidoscope at this time unless eligible for medical or religious exemption.

EEO Statement

Kaleidoscope Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Inclusive/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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If you have questions, please contact hr@kaleidoscope4kids.org