Job Description

Overall Job Objective

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Responds to reports of child abuse/neglect. Specializes in investigating and assessing allegations of sexual abuse. Provides intensive crisis intervention and assessment of families' needs, including domestic caretakers' capacity to parent. Determines need for out of home placement for children. Identifies and utilizes the strengths of the family; determines risk and/or safety issues for children; makes plans that best meet the safety, well being, and permanency needs of children; provides services to families in crisis; and works in partnership with community and collateral agencies.

Due to a recent change this position will fall under an additional guideline. Adams County is committed to the health and safety of its employees and citizens.  As such, we are strongly encouraging all candidates considering Adams County as a potential employer to obtain their COVID vaccination prior to your start date. If a candidate chooses not to get the COVID vaccine, Adams County will require all unvaccinated new employees to be tested for COVID frequently to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Investigates and assesses reports of abuse and neglect of children. Interviews and observes victims, offenders, witnesses, caregivers, and collaterals to ensure the safety of the child and to determine the validity of the allegations. Recognizes and identifies risk factors and dynamics of child abuse, child neglect, and family functioning.
  • Provides intensive crisis intervention with families in order to address family problems; assesses need for on-going services; and prevents out of home placement when possible.
  • Maintains accurate case records of assessments, activities, and plans; writes summaries, reports, letters, and memos.
  • Works diligently to meet federal and state mandates and timeframes.
  • Evaluates need for placement, determines appropriate level of care, and facilitates placement. Ensures ongoing safety through frequent, meaningful contact with children and their caregivers.
  • Prepares court reports, attends court hearings, testifies in court hearings and proceedings, consults with attorneys, judges, and guardians-ad-litem.
  • Provides positive role modeling in work environment, ensuring productivity.
  • Nurtures community partnerships to enhance service delivery and program development.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications for Success

  • Knowledge and ability to integrate into practice Volume 7 guidelines, the Children's Code, SOMB standards, and other State and Department policies.
  • Knowledge of human behavior principles, child development, family dynamics, and neglect and abuse dynamics. Ability to understand dynamics, causes, and reasons related to neglect and abuse in families.
  • Knowledge of resources and alternatives to placement of children.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of the state automated child welfare information system and the department's electronic systems.
  • Knowledge of casework principles, assessments, and intake investigation.
  • Knowledge of Juvenile Court system and how to effectively utilize it to implement treatment plans for families and ensure the safety of children.
  • Ability to practice professional and ethical conduct while performing job duties.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to negotiate, collaborate, and elicit accurate information; ability to deescalate others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

More Qualifications for Success

  • Experience: Two (2) years of full time professional social casework experience, acquired after the degree in a public or private social services agency, in an area appropriate to the position.
  • Education & Training:
    • Bachelor's Degree in one of the human behavioral science fields.
    • An MSW may substitute for all of the required experience.
    • Proof of education, (degree or transcripts), and license (if candidate has received one) are required.
  •  License or Certificate:
    • Colorado Child Welfare Caseworker certification required, and must be completed within three (3) months of employment, through the Colorado Training Academy (State Child Welfare). Certification through another State will require proof of completion, and may substitute for all or part of the training required by Colorado.
    • Possession of a Colorado Driver's License and proof of automotive insurance.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check, FBI background check, and Central Registry check.  
  • Other: Must utilize a personal vehicle to get to many appointments in the local community and surrounding areas within Colorado.

Application Instructions

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