Foster Care Case Manager

The FCCM is supervised by the CMS (Case Management Supervisor) and PM (Program Manager) and facilitates all requirements of the Foster Care Case Management program as required by the Missouri Children’s Division by providing professional contracted case management services to children who are in the custody of the Children’s Division (CD) due to abuse/neglect.

For additional information or to apply or address any questions please contact Nicole Pashia, email your resume and cover sheet to jobs@ourlittlehaven.org Fax: 314-531-3164

This full time position requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field. The FCCMS position includes a wide array of duties which include home visits with children and families, writing court reports and attending hearings, heavy documentation and experience working with diverse groups of people.

CASE MANAGEMENT JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Foster Care Case Management Specialist (FCCMS)
Department: Contracted Foster Care Case Management Unit
Reports to: Case Management Supervisor (CMS) and Program Manager (PM)
Subordinates: none

Job Function:
The FCCMS is supervised by the Case Management Supervisor and Program Director and facilitates all requirements of the Family Centered Out of Home Care Program as required by the Missouri Children’s Division by providing professional contracted case management services to children who are in the custody of the Children’s Division (CD) due to abuse/neglect. The FCCMS must abide by the rules, regulations and guidelines set forth in the Our Little Haven Personnel Manual, Children’s Division Foster Care Case Management Contract, Children’s Division Child Welfare Manual, and the Saint Louis Partners Policy & Procedure Manual.

Scope:

  • The FCCMS will be assigned to manage an average of twelve (12) children in the legal custody of the CD, potentially in different counties (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and/or Jefferson County). The FCCMS shall be responsible for children that re-enter care within one year of reaching permanency.
  • The FCCMS shall remain with the families/children throughout the entire case process.
  • The FCCMS works in partnership with the Family Support Team as a counselor, consultant, problem solver, and advocate.
  • The FCCMS also serves as a liaison to the court and other specialized services/resources (intra and interagency).
  • When other specialized services such as family preservation, independent living, psychiatric diversion, adoption, etc. are needed, an individual specialist may provide these services while the FCCMS continues overall responsibility for the treatment plan.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates permanency plans for children on caseload.
  • Coordinates and facilitates Family Support Team Meetings involving multiple professionals, family members, and community members.
  • Adequately prepare for meetings ahead of time, actively participate in meetings and take notes in order to document the meeting.
  • Initiates and completes family/child assessments.
  • Establish, arrange, facilitate and document a plan for parent/child/sibling visitation, focusing on the least restrictive plan, which supports frequent parent/child/sibling contact in accordance to CD guidelines.
  • Identifies and obtains community resources, events, and programs available to families based on needs.
  • Provides suitability assessments of potential relative/kinship care providers.
  • Refers child(ren) for home finding, when appropriate, in a timely manner providing all necessary information and consistently following up with the referral until an appropriate placement is located
  • Works cooperatively with various professionals such as: the Division of Child Support Enforcement, Psychologists, Therapists, Juvenile Court, medical professionals, etc.
  • Provides court testimony and recommendations in both written or oral form for all cases.
  • Shall be accessible on a 24-hour basis to the child, family, placement provider, and the Children’s Division by providing a 24-hour contact phone number.
  • Shall provide services after normal working hours and on weekends, as deemed necessary.
  • Shall meet with the child, parents, and out of home providers as well as arrange for visitation, if appropriate, within the first 24 hours of a child entering or re-entering out of home care.
  • Conduct a minimum of twice monthly in-person visits with each child on caseload to assure safety, services rendered, and progression of the case.
  • The Case manager will input all visitation into FACES accurately no later than the last business day of the week the visit occurred.
  • Maintain consistent and progressive contact with all service providers on caseload.
  • Continuous assessment, revising, and implementation of the family treatment plan which addresses timely permanency for the child, including concurrent planning.
  • Ability to appropriately document all case activities in a timely manner as outlined by CD and Partners
  • Organization and maintenance of the child and family case record.
  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned by the CD, CMS or PM.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Minimum Bachelors Degree in Social Work or other related fields.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of case management experience, with children and families is preferred.
  • Knowledgeable in the child welfare field, abuse and neglect experience preferred.
  • Ability to drive, potentially for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to safely and confidently transport children in personal vehicle.
  • Research and planning skills
  • Ability to organize time and plan case activities accordingly.
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Good human relations skills; ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with clients as well as other professionals
  • Work production skills (i.e. attention to detail, organizing, decision making, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word.

Work Environment:

  • Duties will be performed within an office environment and in the field.
  • Requires the ability to perform light lifting.
  • Operation of standard office equipment.
  • Sitting for long periods of time is possible.
  • Frequent transporting of children in personal vehicle required.
  • Reliable transportation and car insurance required for in-state travel.

For additional information or to apply or address any questions please contact Nicole Pashia, email your resume and cover sheet to jobs@ourlittlehaven.org