The caseworker will provide services to unaccompanied minors who have entered the United States without their parents and without proper legal documentation. These children are held in a government shelter before being released to a family member or family friend in New York who will serve as the child’s legal sponsor. The caseworker will conduct home studies and post-release services as required by a federal grant and will complete all necessary documentation. To ensure that the children are living in a safe environment and integrating well into their new community, the caseworker will be responsible for connecting them to appropriate services and resources. This position is full-time and non-exempt; travel throughout the New York City five boroughs is required.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assess and provide a recommendation for the purpose of reunifying children with their potential sponsors, including conducting interviews, home assessments, and documenting findings in a comprehensive report within 10 days of referral.
- Complete home visits to meet with children and their sponsors post-release.
- Coordinate referrals and service planning in relevant areas.
- Work with children and their sponsors to encourage and ensure progress through their individual service plans.
- Continually assess ongoing changes in behavior and general conditions that could impact the safety of a participant.
- Build and maintain relationships with community services providers in relevant areas.
- Serve as point person for stakeholders in each family’s case, including legal providers.
- Participate in regular case management and staffing meetings.
- Maintain accurate records and consistently ensure the confidentiality of information relevant to children and their cases.
- Submit required reports and documentation in a timely manner.
- Provide crisis intervention when necessary, including involving Child Protective Services.
- Other duties as required
- Required - Minimum education of a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or an equivalent degree in education, psychology, sociology, or other behavioral science
- Required - Experience working with children, family reunification/ preservation, and or foster care/child welfare
- Required - Bilingual ability in English and Spanish
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write reports and business correspondence.
- Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.
- Self- starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with the ability to prioritize duties and manage time effectively.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
- Ability to travel independently throughout relevant region.
- Ability to work during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends as needed.
- A combination of standard office environment and ‘field’ time in and around the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
- May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.