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Social Worker

Website TLC Child and Family Services

Help Our Community’s Most Vulnerable Transitional Aged Youth Gain Independence and Launch into Adulthood
TLC Child and Family Services is a leading agency in Northern California where we believe Different is Beautiful. TLC’s thriving programs offer a continuum of evidence-based treatment and relationship-focused care to youth and families. We provide comprehensive quality mental health services, foster care and adoption services, residential treatment, special education services and transitional housing. Our team is enthusiastic and dedicated to empowering vulnerable children, youth, and young adults to cultivate resilience, authenticity, and healthy relationships.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Transitioning to adulthood is hard for anyone, but can be especially challenging for our most vulnerable current and former foster youth. The Transitional Housing Program (THP) and Transitional Housing Placement Plus program (THPP+) offers independence with a safety net. THP helps youth, ages 16-18, to emancipate from foster care successfully by providing a safe environment to practice the life skills necessary to live independently. THPP+ gives housing support and assistance in independent living skills to former foster youth, ages 18-24. TLC partners with landlords and homeowners throughout Sonoma County to provide safe housing for our youth to live. Participants receive support from our dedicated staff with employment, education, finance management, accessing resources, and navigating the ins-and-outs of learning to live independently.

POSITION SUMMARY:
TLC Child and Family Services is seeking a full-time (30 hrs/week) Social Worker for our Transitional Housing Program. Under the supervision of the THPP Program Director, and reportable to the Chief Executive Officer of TLC, it is the responsibility of the THPP/THP-Plus Social Worker to monitor and supervise each participant’s participation in the program. The primary functions of the Social Worker are to uncover barriers to meeting goals identified in the participant’s Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP), coordinate services, and attend to steps needed to meet the goals of the TILP such as financial management, transportation, and the ongoing daily challenges of independent living. Social Workers have a caseload of no more than 15 youth and engage in weekly contact with program participants with a minimum of two face-to-face visits per month; one of these being within the participant’s home. When applicable, this position will also supervise the Transitions Advocate, a staff who provides supervision, education, monitoring, and counseling to participants in the THP program. This position requires teamwork, dedication, commitment and patience in developing effective treatment plans for program participants, while implementing state, county and agency policies and procedures. This position requires flexibility with personal scheduling and meeting a variety of needs as assigned on a daily basis by the immediate supervisor. Some on call, night and weekend hours needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in social work, or a related field preferred with at least one year working with transition aged youth (16-24 years) and 1 year of case management experience
  • BA applicants welcomed with at least 2 years experience working with foster youth
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus!
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
  • Must be able to drive and transport the youth in employee’s personal vehicle and have a clean driving record and valid CA driver license
  • Meet and maintain the minimum vehicle liability and property insurance limits

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct assessments of client strengths and needs and advocate for them accordingly
  • Aid each youth as they develop and meet the goals established in their Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP), outlining personal, financial, educational, employment and housing objectives
  • Maintain case records and provide timely reports on an individual participant’s progress and outcomes
  • Work collaboratively with the treatment team on admissions. This includes, assessment of fit, interviewing youth, development of a contract, placement of applicants in the program and intake assessment reports
  • Perform periodic progress review reports and discharge summaries
  • Provide monthly supervision of participants in their living environment
  • Oversee arrangements for transportation
  • Monitor participant’s participation in employment, education, and independent living skills training
  • Model and teach positive and effective parenting skills to teen parents
  • Ensure participant’s compliance with program rules and responsibilities
  • Monitor housekeeping and daily living skills
  • Support problem solving, conflict resolution, and planning counseling
  • Maintain appropriate working relationships with private and public agencies for the purposes of effective case management and collaboration
  • Participate in appropriate agency, state, and organization meetings as assigned
  • Document all contacts as appropriate in accordance with agency policy and good case management practice
  • Motivate and maintain effective working relationships with staff and community partners
  • Compliance with all applicable California State Community Care Licensing regulations
  • Provide supervision of the Transitions Advocates (THPP only)
  • Perform individual assessments and carry out appropriate interventions according to case management practice

SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate capacity to establish rapport, relate to the needs, and motivate youth and young adults
  • Passion for working with a diverse group of transition age youth including LGBTQI youth, youth with disabilities, and youth from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (verbal and written) with proven ability to facilitate and connect youth and young adults to a broad variety of service providers
  • Understanding of a youth-adult partnership framework
  • Bring an understanding of adolescent development as well as issues specific to transition aged youth and youth in foster care
  • Have an understanding on the effects of complex trauma and relationship to mental health and substance abuse
  • Knowledge of independent living skills including education, employment and housing needs when working with transition age youth
  • A strength-based perspective is essential
  • Relate to other public and private community agency personnel in a positive and supportive manner
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently ~ Generally creative, optimistic, and flexible
  • Stay grounded and make decisions in occasional crisis situations
  • Possess good computer and word processing skills

Possibility to accrue supervised intern/licensing hours for LCSW, MFT, or Psychology.

Competitive salary based on education and experience. Full-time position includes health benefits, paid time off, and a discretionary retirement program.

TLC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and strive to create a workforce that is reflective of the ethnic and cultural makeup of our community.

For more information or to submit cover letter and resume, please respond to the email address noted above or see agency website at www.tlc4kids.org

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