The TFFC Case Planner is responsible for the delivery of social work services to foster families, natural families and children participating in TFFC programming. The Case Planner provides direct therapeutic services to the child and natural family to assist them in coping with whatever issues led to the child’s placement in the program. This includes providing direct counseling to the children and their families, forming and maintaining positive working relationships with foster parents, monitoring of positive time and the ABC charts, coordination of community and school activities and services, coordination and provision of services to natural families, completing and monitoring of all LDSS/ACS paperwork within established time frames, working closely with contracted LDSS/ACS staff, and participating as a member of the TFFC team.
About Abbott House
Abbott House is an innovative community-based organization that helps children, families, adults and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with complex needs build lasting foundations for a promising future. We operate programs in the New York Metropolitan area and Hudson Valley.
Responsible for meeting with each child assigned on a regular basis to provide professional counseling and treatment services.
Responsible for the coordination and monitoring of all community services to the child.
Responsible for assisting in the placement of the child in school. This includes representing the child and the agency at CSE meetings.
Responsible for working closely with the child’s school and keeping current on the child’s educational performance.
Responsible for meeting with the natural family on a regular basis to provide professional counseling and treatment services.
Responsible for coordinating and supervising family visits both in the natural family’s home, and at the agency, to assess the family’s ability to have the child return to their care. It is the Case Planner’s responsibility to model and reinforce appropriate parenting techniques.
Responsible for linking and assisting the natural family with community services that will assist them in having the child return to their home.
Responsible for the coordination of discharges and/or transfers and the coordination of all services to the child and family around this activity.
The Case Planner must complete diligent efforts to work with the natural family towards the return of the child to the natural family. These efforts must be documented in the case record and available for any Court or LDSS/ACS inspection.
Responsible for meeting with the foster parents on a regular basis to discuss the child’s progress in the foster home, monitoring the foster parents’ completion of behavioral and positive time charts and assist in the resolution of crisis situations.
Responsible for providing the foster parents with notice of training and support groups. The Case Planner is also responsible for attending and participating in the foster parent support group and must complete the Parent Skills Training Program.
Responsible for assisting the foster parent in coordinating all medical, school and therapy appointments and providing transportation if the foster parent is unable to do so
Responsible for developing and maintaining a positive working relationship with the contracted LDSS workers. The Case panner is responsible for informing the Supervisor of any issues that may arise regarding their cases.
Responsible for maintaining an up-to-date case record for each child on its caseload. This case record must be available at all times for review and audit.
Responsible for the completion of all DSS mandated paperwork within established times frames.
Responsible for coordinating and attending all Family Team Conferences (FTC)/ Service Plan Reviews (SPR) and court functions with LDSS/ACS liaisons. The Case Planner is responsible for following up all agreements with LDSS/ACS with a letter confirming all agreements made.
Responsible for attending all court dates. The Case Planner should be prepared to present the information in the case record at all court sessions.
Assists in the re-certification of all foster homes
Responsible to work closely with the TFFC-Socio-Therapist to coordinate all TFFC services to the child, their natural family, and their foster family.
Responsible to participate in weekly supervision with the Supervisor. The worker should be prepared to update the Supervisor on all the cases that are assigned to the worker’s caseload. responsible to attend TFFC team meetings. The worker should be ready to discuss all cases assigned to their caseload.
Responsible to attend all in-service training as assigned by the Supervisor.
Any other related duties as required.
You are the ideal candidate if you are passionate about the social services field and empowering underserved communities. Being compassionate, organized, self-motivated, driven, flexible and responsive are critical attributes to being successful in this role.
You have at least a Bachelor's Degree in a human services field. A Master's Degree in Social Work or related field is preferred.
You have a minimum of 3 years child welfare experience
You have a valid driver's license
You have excellent counseling, communication, interpersonal and writing skills
You have knowledge of community service providers (agencies)
What We Offer:
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Paid time off
Professional growth opportunities
Employee Recognition Awards