- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mediation/Problem solving.
- Computer skills - ability to use current and learn new programs/software.
- 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.
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