Permanency Specialist

Permanency Specialist provides comprehensive case management/permanency services to children and families.

> Completes initial and ongoing assessments by gathering information from, children and their families, and collaterals

> Responsible for initial contact of children within 4 hours of referral and subsequent placement

> Researches and recommends possible relative placements, giving them priority, whenever viable.

> Facilitates and coordinates family meetings.

> Develops and implements case plans and permanency goals with children and families, ensuring that goals are reached within established time frames

> Determines and recommends which services are needed for the child and family, including mental health, drug and alcohol services, respite care and supervised or unsupervised visitations/interactions

> Assists families to establish a support network of family, kinship, and community

> Preparing families and/or children for moves, reunification or other appropriate permanency goals

> Provides intervention for clients in crisis situations

> Ability to work with the court system and follow court protocols including appropriate business attire

> Assesses ongoing case plan goals and recommends reunification, termination of parental rights or other permanency options.

> Completes reports for court, participates in court participates in court proceedings, including testifying, and makes sure court orders are followed.

> Completes and maintains written documentation in child/family s case record accurately and within established time frames

> Supports kinship and foster families to maintain placements and help children work toward permanency

> If child s permanency goal becomes adoption, complete necessary documents to assist in the adoption process

> Participates in supervisory and team meetings, sharing pertinent information about children/families progress, critical trends, barriers and solutions to achieving outcomes; and relationships with other agencies/communities

> Participate in weekly group or individual supervision.

> Works collaboratively and provides guidance to family support workers assigned.

> Gives directions to family support workers on each assigned case

> Supervises and transports children and families as needed

> Reports critical incidents to DCF verbally within 12 hours, written within 24 hours

> Implements SFCS policies and follows directives as required. Follows and adheres to all pertinent SFCS Standard Operating Procedures (SOP s), rules, personnel policies and procedures; related accreditation and licensure standards; and federal, state and local rules, statutes, regulations, and contractual terms

> Is knowledgeable of and follows all safety procedures

> Reports unusual incidents through appropriate Risk Management, clinical and safety channels

> Ensures clients rights are protected

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