Unaccompanied Children Caseworker
New York City (United States of America)
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; may cover cases in NYC, Long Island, and/or Westchester.Travel to the selected locations will be required.
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 service 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.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.