Social Worker / Home Study Writer
Requisition Number: 12960
Position Title: RFA SW - Home Study Writer
What's Your Calling?
You can find a job or you can find your mission. We want you to help us make a meaningful difference.
Aspiranet is a one-of-a-kind social service agency dedicated to building a world where all children and youth are loved and cared for, and all families have the resources to thrive. Founded in 1975, Aspiranet's services include foster resource family support, residential care, adoption services, and support for youth making the transition from foster care to adulthood, mental health services, intensive home-based care, and community-based family resources.
Aspiranet staff gain inspiration from human connection and understand that success is the product of teamwork. We seek champions for our mission and those committed to excellence. You'll join a group of like-minded people who care deeply about the children and families in our care.
The RFA SW - Home Study Writer completes psychosocial assessments for families and compiles information into a written report. Additionally, the RFA SW – Home Study Writer provides training, education and support to families, and supports case plan objectives for children who are Child Welfare dependents in California. The HS - Home Study Writer will also carry a half caseload of children placed in Agency foster homes.
Your Future Team
Aspiranet’s foster care and adoption agency has been a leader in providing services to children and families in California for over 45 years. Aspiranet strives to connect children to safe, caring relationships that can last a lifetime. We prepare and approve skilled and caring parents; guiding them in becoming a healing resource to the children in their care. We work in partnership with our families by providing ongoing support, training and monitoring until children are able to reunify with their families. When returning home is not an option, we partner with children and families to develop a plan for life long connections that may include adoption. In working with our families our goal is always the same – to maximize opportunities for the best possible outcomes. The difference you make in your daily work can change lives.
Your Skills and Duties
- Complete Resource Family psychosocial assessment and adoption home study processes per agency and county guidelines and in accordance with California Department of Social Service (CDSS) and Community Care Licensing (CCL) regulations.
- Conduct a home environment assessment, psychosocial assessment, and prepare a Written Report.
- Evaluate historical, social, and economic factors pertaining to individuals and incorporate an assessment of an applicant’s mental health and substance abuse history in to the psychosocial assessment report, as it relates to risk.
- Facilitate the collection, completion, and review of all required documentation and verifications required for a psychosocial assessment as per agency guidelines or county contract, and in accordance with CDSS regulations.
- Be certified to conduct SAFE home studies, per agency policy or county contract expectation.
- Maintain current documentation per Program and Agency standards and CDSS regulations.
- Complete interviews of all adults and children in the family’s home that is being assessed in a way that engages Resource Families to build rapport and establish trust.
- Provide support, education, and resource linkage as needed to individuals and couples during the assessment process.
- Provide education and specific information on such topics as Adoption Assistance Program (AAP), AAP eligible children, nonrecurring adoption expenses and community resources as per CDSS regulatory dictates to prospective adoptive families.
- Present psychosocial assessment and home study reports to Core Program Director for approval.
- Provide matching support (child available search) services for adoption approved families upon request by the Core Program Director.
- Ensure that all documentation, reports, and agency requirements are completed for Adoptive Placement, post placement contacts, finalization, and PAARP (Private Adoption Agency Reimbursement Program).
- Advocate for the client’s strengths, abilities and competencies; collaborate with families to achieve mutual goals and build upon family strengths.
- Ability to assess and identify children who have been abused, neglected, or maltreated.
- Utilize program database and related reports to meet program standards.
- Conduct intake assessments capturing identified needs and safety issues.
- Conduct timely screenings.
- Provide appropriate referrals and develop safety plans when indicated by assessment and or screenings.
- Work collaboratively to engage the Child and Family Team in the identification of strengths and needs which inform the development and implementation of service plans.
- Facilitate the development of service plan.
- Attend meetings related to child/youth or family’s needs and service plan.
- Maintain contact with community professionals involved with child/youth and family to facilitate communication and coordination of services.
- Work in collaboration with child/youth, family, family team members, community members and other collaborative partners to facilitate successful completion of service plan and to support permanency and lifelong connections.
- Develop a professional supportive relationship with children/youth, families, referring parties, collaborative partners and community.
- Complete quality and timely strength based service plans, reports, and other case documentation per Agency, funder and regulatory standards.
- Provide case contact and support (training, resources, advocacy, and interventions) to children, youth and their families as needed to meet service plan objectives.
- Document all contacts per Agency standards.
- Secure required documents to maintain files per Agency, funder and regulatory standards.
- Utilize program database and related reports to meet program standards.
- Respond to and report all incidents, complaints and grievances per program, Agency and regulatory guidelines.
- Adhere to all program, Agency and regulatory requirements.
- Provide on-call services per Agency and program standards.
- When requested by supervisor, carry reduced caseload in order to support projects, initiatives, child and/or family trainings and /or specific program functions.
- Conduct and participate in Agency sponsored trainings and special events.
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with staff, clients and community resources.
- Participate in scheduled case review, individual and group supervision, and staff / program meetings.
- Maintain client and case confidentiality as per HIPAA, state and Agency standards.
- Secure and maintain adherence to program consents.
- Accurately complete administrative paperwork (time sheets, mileage, time off requests, expense reimbursements, weekly schedule, etc.) on time.
- Support and model Aspiranet’s values, represent the Agency in a professional manner, and abide by the Agency’s Professional Code of Ethics.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences.
- Perform additional duties as assigned by Core Program Director/Manager/Supervisor.
Education & Work Experience
- Master's Degree in social work or social welfare, marriage, family, and child counseling, child psychology, child development, counseling psychology or social psychology. Waivers of the graduate education may be authorized by the Department as per requirements in 89155 (b).
- Knowledge and skills to meet core competencies outlined in the CDSS Interim Licensing Standards, Chapter 8.8 Foster Family Agencies, Articles 9, Subchapter 1.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to work closely and develop strong relationships with diverse individuals.
- Effective time management, organizational, and problem solving skills.
- Basic computer skills.
- Able to travel to program sites.
- Meets all state required conditions of employment as set forth by funder and Community Care Licensing for a licensed community care facility; i.e. Fingerprint and Child Abuse Index clearance, TB/Health Physical. Valid CDL and clean driving record.
Compensation: $64,480.00 - $65,480.00/Annually
Flexible Time Off
- 13 paid holidays along with 10 vacation and 10 sick days
- Medical, dental and vision plans
- A 100% fully employer paid (premium) medical and dental benefit plan
- TelaDoc® employer paid telehealth program
Flexible Spending Accounts
- Medical and dependent care plans
- 403(b) and 401(a) retirement plan with employer contributions
- Life, AD&D, and disability insurance
- Accident, critical illness, and hospital gap plan
Training and Advancement
- Ongoing training & development opportunities
- Advancement opportunities
Employee assistance program
- Free confidential crisis line 24/7 (365 days a year)
- Six (6) face-to-face or telephonic sessions per issue
- Commuter program and mileage reimbursement
- Employee recognition and discount programs
Aspira means hope. We are a network of people bringing hope forward. We look forward to learning what makes you passionate.
Job Category: Foster Care & Adoption
Community / Marketing Title: Social Worker / Home Study Writer
EEO Employer Verbiage:
Aspiranet is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer; all applicants will be given full consideration under state, local, and federal law.
City: Long Beach
County: Los Angeles
Location_formattedLocationLong: Long Beach, California US