Social Worker – Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Foster Care

Website LCSNWSpokane Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Health. Justice. Hope.

Summary:  Responsible for developing and implementing foster care case plans for unaccompanied refugee minors.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities including the following.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.


Develops and implements a comprehensive case plan for foster children in the custody of LCSNW.  Case plans to consider strengths/ weakness, cultural, religious, and ethnic background and implications for the care plan in accordance with LCSNW policies and procedures, as well as current federal, state and local standards, guidelines, and regulations.
Provides counseling, supportive services and supervision of foster families including monthly home visits, recognizing that many of our foster home placements are cross-cultural.
Produces professional court reports, narratives for case files, DSHS reports, and letters to families and professionals.
Appears regularly in court for trials and reviews until youth reach the age of 21 or discharge from the program.
Participates in scheduled program supervision/case consultation meetings by presenting case material along with other concerns for review and discussion, and by offering input to colleagues.  Regularly produces case background reports for clinical consultations..
Keeps abreast on changes in state laws concerning Extended Foster Care and program eligibility for youth over 18.
Has knowledge and understanding of the cultural backgrounds and countries of origin of youth in the program.
Functions in accordance with the LCS personnel and administrative practices of the agency, including but not limited to, case record keeping, service statistics and information gathering.
Adheres to the code of ethics of professional social work.
Maintains working caseload of 10-14 clients.


Education and Experience:  Bachelors of Social Work or related field in human services or child advocacy required.  Experience in child welfare or working with immigrant and refugee populations required.  Demonstrated strong cross-cultural communication skills desired and ability to work effectively with children who have experienced loss and trauma.


Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

Agency Affiliated Counselor in Washington State; Cleared through the Washington State Patrol or FBI to work with vulnerable populations; Valid driver’s license and the agency minimum limits of automobile liability insurance.


Other Skills and Abilities:

Must demonstrate awareness and sensitivity in the delivery of client services as it relates to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of populations served by the program.
Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
Must be able to enter and retrieve data using computer systems, systems applications, and other office equipment.
Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people.
Model and encourage direct, professional communications among staff members and facilitate development of a positive staff support network
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Must be able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Must be able to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. The person in this position will effectively present information to senior management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.  Bilingual in English and Spanish or another language spoken by program clients preferred.


Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met/may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  This position requires some evening and weekend hours.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and write/type.  The employee is normally engaged in low-activity tasks such as sitting, standing, and walking.  The work environment is typical of a professional office; the noise level is usually moderate.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

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