Position profile: Caseworker - Permanency

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  • Job Title: Caseworker - Permanency
  • Work Unit: Northwest - Grande Prairie Case Management
  • Ministry: Alberta Children's Services
  • Competition Number: 1053341


  • To approve and support adoptive applicants.
  • Primary clients are the adoptable child and potential and approved permanency caregivers.
  • The secondary-client is the birth family and community/culture of origin.
  • Focus of the work is on permanency planning. This impacts on the type of skills required.
  • Because of the difficulties this client group encounters, placement stability and breakdown is a significant consideration
  • Consultation is a major element of the work.
  • Court decisions impact regularly on how the work is done; legal precedents change the work.
  • Impact of aboriginal issues on the work.

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Intake for adoption inquiries. Collect basic information, send- out forms, information material and arrange for participation on training sessions.
  • Conduct home assessment on prospective adoptive parents and prepare home assessment report including annual home visits for approved adoptive applicants.
  • Review home studies of prospective adoptive parents, consult with Regional or Interregional Adoption Specialists and determine suitability of matches.
  • Prepares Family and Social history forms on PGO’s for matching - prepare comprehensive file reviews.
  • Intake and counselling to Unmarried Mothers/Parents regarding their options. This can occur before and after the baby’s birth.
  • Provide information and documentation to Private Adoptions agencies when an unmarried mother has chosen to place her baby with a licensed agency.
  • Plan the adoption process including preparing the child, foster family and adoptive family.
  • Provide support to the adoptive family by recommending and advocating for Supports for Permanency Agreements; monitor and assess the adoption situation through the Permanency Placement for the Purposes of Adoption period.
  • Case management - of PGO in Permanency Placement, i.e. infants from hospital to foster care, prior to identification of adoptive home, older PGO’s awaiting adoptive placements.
  • Provides support to families whose adoptions are not finalized.
  • Provides training sessions for potential adoptive parents.
  • Completes final adoption documentation for court including Special Affidavits.
  • Negotiates Supports for Permanency agreements.
  • Community Liaison - maintain effective liaison with community services and agencies and adoptive parent groups.
  • Community support/information regarding adoption issues, search and reunion.
  • Court Work - preparation of legal documents including finalization of adoption, termination of access, both at Family Court and QB.
  • Management of Supports for Permanency/PAS - (all components of CW) and soft support/special services.
  • Utilize /facilitate media recruitment.
  • Involvement in special interest groups.
  • Supervise inter provincial adoptions.



  • Decisions on suitability of adoptive parent matches in consultation with supervisor and/or Regional Specialist.
  • Recommendation on suitability/non-suitability of adoptive parents to supervisor.
  • Decisions are made after consultation with both internal and external resources and are subject to review by the supervisor.
  • Implications of decisions can have significant impact on the child and the adoptive parents.
  • Recommendation of adoptive parents to matching a child.

Supervision Received

  • All day-to-day activities are completed with considerable independence.
  • The supervisor monitors activities through file reviews, regular case conferences.
  • Work is evaluated for adherence to policy and procedures and time frames.
  • Program/case specific assistance is also provided by Regional Specialists.

Working Conditions

  • Exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Lack of control over pace and volume.
  • Lack of control over the outcome of work - i.e. judicial system, stakeholder groups and Bands all has a significant role in permanency plans.
  • Emotionally demanding and stressful work - PGO’s are typically most needy client group.
  • Teens and youth with addictions and other major lifestyle issues - potential for aggression.
  • Placements occur throughout the province - extensive travel for replacement visits

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

NOTE: If the incumbent is either a BSW or MSW, in accordance with the Health Professions Act they will be required to register and maintain registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers.


  • Child Youth & Family Enhancement Act, and Policies, which governs actions and provides Legal Authorities.
  • Children Involved in Prostitution Act.
  • Child Intervention protocols and Regional Directives.
  • Domestic Relations Act, FOIP, School Act, Mental Health Act, Indian Act, SFI, criminal
    code (i.e. sexual assault, pornography), Family Violence Act, Young Offenders Act.
  • Community/departmental services and resources to facilitate effective referrals.
  • Family dynamics to assess strengths and weaknesses.
  • Child/adolescent development to recognize appropriate/inappropriate behaviour.
  • Adult development and developmental stages of families.
  • Medical, psychological, psychiatric disorders and social problems that impact the child (i.e. FAS/FAE) in order to assess the family situation and determine effective intervention.
  • Community services and resources to identify/recommend and assess most suitable resource.
  • Cultural practices, belief systems, including native issues.
  • Cultural awareness of self and others (e.g. ethnic and religion).
  • Immigration policies and procedures i.e. status.
  • CASW - Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • Indicators of child abuse.
  • Court procedures and protocols to prepare documents and present information in support of petitions.
  • Familiarity with various disorders affecting children, family dynamics, child behaviour management and techniques to provide specific child management strategies around issues of FAS/FAE, sexual abuse, food hoarding, aggression, suicide, effect of trauma on child development, parenting techniques for special needs children.
  • Knowledge of post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol, separation and loss.


  • Interviewing skills - children and adults - Emphasis on relationship building and partnering with caregivers and children.
  • Assessment skills / analytical.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Communication - oral and written.
  • Intervention/crisis management skills/suicide intervention.
  • Grief counselling.
  • Decision-making.
  • Mediation/Problem solving.
  • Computer skills - ability to use current and learn new programs/software.
  • Negotiation/Advocacy.
  • Organizational and time management.
  • Presentation and training skills.
  • Skills in Adult Education, both in groups (training) and individually (helping parents learn to cope with child they are caring for).
  • Use of life books/other strategies to prepare a child.


  • Foster parents and other caregivers to resolve problems, provide information.
  • Birth family where access is an issue.
  • Client (PGO child) to resolve problems, provide information, and provide support.
  • Community agencies/resources for information sharing, case consultation.
  • School officials, medical personnel and other professionals to follow up on child’s progress and to consult on issues.
  • Service Providers - to monitor effective service.
  • Band representatives - to consult on adoption consents, access issues, placement needs, family of origin, cultural activities.
  • Supervisor and/or Manager to provide case consultation.

Supervision Exercised

  • N/A

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