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Child Welfare Specialist

Little City Foundation - Chicago Heights, IL



Job Location

Chicago - N Sacramento - Chicago, IL

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level


Travel Percentage

Up to 50%

Job Shift

Business hrs some evenings on call

Job Category

Nonprofit - Social Services



To initiate, facilitate, and perform a variety of casework related functions pertaining to foster care. To perform all casework ensuring the safety, security, well-being, and permanency of the children assigned to their caseload.


​1. Provides supervision of each child’s foster home through home visits, including clinical support, upholding policies and licensing standards, issues regarding care of the child in their home and monitoring and providing assistance in obtaining services.

2. Secures documentation from school, medical providers, and any other service provider to the child, and ensures all services are being adequately provided.

3. Acts as the leader of the team of service providers both within and outside of Little City Foundation in directing the care of the child and permanency goal.

4. Assesses case situations and makes recommendations regarding children on caseload. Makes recommendations to supervisor regarding critical decisions regarding placement, parent visitation, and permanency goal.

5. Prepares, implements, and evaluates the integrated assessment and service plan for all cases.

6. Attempts and maintains regular, ongoing contacts with and provides counsel and training for biological parents of children in the foster care program. Makes all efforts to establish a relationship with the biological family and assists the biological family in reaching reunification when applicable to the case. Makes all efforts to maintain a relationship between the child and his/her biological siblings.

7. Responsible for the upkeep of child’s files which includes obtaining consents from DCFS, monitoring and completing case notes and securing required documentation for assessment and provision of services to child, biological, and foster family.

8. Responsible for implementation and coordination of sibling and birth parents visits.

9. Assures that DCFS policies and procedures, and all applicable laws, rules, and policies are followed.

10. Writes reports, correspondence, and case summaries as indicated and necessary for proper case documentation and service delivery.

11. Work cooperatively with other staff in Foster Care, Children’s Services, DCFS, and collateral services.

12. Responsible for the facilitation of 6-month staffings as well as attendance in staff meetings, committee meetings, supervision and trainings as required.

13. Represents the child’s best interest in juvenile court, provides accurate and thorough testimony during hearings and trials, and attends all court hearings with thorough knowledge of the case.

14. Visits the child as school at least twice per year, monitors the appropriateness of the school setting, and attends all IEPs.

15. Acts as a professional representative of Little City Foundation during all interactions internally and externally.

16. Available for crisis intervention during normal business hours.

17. Responsible for all safety activities in your workplace and immediately report all accidents and safety hazards to your supervisor.

18. Successfully completes Little City Foundation required training, re-training, and any additional training as required by Little City Foundation policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.

19. Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


A Bachelor’s degree in social work or in a related human services field required. Must be licensed as a Child Welfare in the state of Illinois or eligible to receive licensure within the first year of employment. Experience working with children with developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional challenges, preferred. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be proficient in the use of a computer to complete all documentation, and proficient with SACWIS.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting, walking, and standing for prolonged periods; frequently grasps, lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when working with persons served and handling office, medical, or household equipment. The employee is subject to assist and lift up to 50 pounds with varying amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis. The employee is required to have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must have the ability to perform CPR and CPI. Occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious substances, including communicable diseases when performing personal care (Category III). Occasional exposure to cleaning agents and disinfectants. Residential work environment with a noise level of normal to loud. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

17 days 20 hours ago

Little City Foundation


Child Welfare Specialist Little City Foundation - Chicago Heights, IL, United States


Location: Chicago Heights, IL

Company Profile:
Created from the dream of a group of committed parents, Little City Foundation opened its doors more than 50 years ago to provide help, hope, dignity and love for children with disabilities. It was a vision that would develop into a revolutionary new environment and concept in services for these children who “experts” often said should be institutionalized.