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Kinship Case Aide

Company: Adams County, Colorado
Location: Westminster
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

Kinship Case Aide - 162277
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Kinship Case Aide - 162277
$20.76 - $29.07 Hourly
Westminster, CO
Job Type
Project Designated Part-time 3
Job Number
Human Services
HS Child Welfare
Opening Date
Closing Date
11/17/2023 4:30 PM Mountain
Our Mission
At Adams County, our team members engage in top-notch opportunities to grow and expand their impact. We cultivate an inclusive and innovative culture where diversity matters! Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is a core cultural competency at Adams County, and we actively seek and welcome applicants that bring diverse experiences and value inclusion.
Position classification
Hybrid -- Job duties and expectations allow for onsite and remote work scheduled every week. Employees in this classification are regularly scheduled onsite one (1) to four (4) days per week based on the County needs and as determined by Department Director. Hybrid classified roles can be onsite more than the set minimum based on employee preference.

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    What Success Looks Like In This Job
    Provides essential paraprofessional services for the Kinship Program Team in support of clients and professional social caseworkers. Performs a variety of support functions that require the use of judgment and discretion, decision-making, and independence of action. Work performed requires extensive program, case, and client related knowledge and also requires frequent in-depth interaction with children and families, workers, and collateral contacts to include resource agencies, schools, law enforcement, and other individuals and organizations directly and non-directly related to the services provided.
    Note: This is a time limited, project-designated position for 36 hours per week. Funding for this position is subject to the availability of grant funds.
    Examples of Duties for Success
    --- Direct and timely communication with caseworkers to coordinate all things necessary to meet the needs of kinship families that help to stabilize the children in their care.
    --- Conduct extensive and thorough background checks as required by Volume 7 Rule and/or per county practice for kinship caregivers and members of their household to support caseworkers and ensure safe placements for children. Complete comprehensive Kinship Background Check (KBC) reports within 7-14 days or assignment or as requested by Supervisor.
    --- Make purchases with a county issued purchase card as needed for kinship families and ensure all purchasing requirements are completed timely and accurately. Pick up and deliver items when requested.
    --- Provide necessary coverage for emergency background check/NCIC requests. This will include extensive research and communication with caseworkers and supervisors to share needed information that will assist in their placement decision making.
    --- Coordination of fingerprinting with state vendors for caregivers and other adults in the kinship home and ensure compliance with state regulation.
    --- Assist case-carrying caseworkers to provide outreach and support to kinship families when needed and requested. Complete any needed referrals.
    --- Support case-carrying caseworkers to locate, coordinate, and access needed services, supports, transportation, tangible items for kinship families and for children placed in kinship care to ensure the stabilization of placement. This will include meeting with caregivers and family members in person to assist them with the completion of all paperwork needed or required for kinship care and foster care certification.
    --- Communicate and meet with kinship families as requested/needed at their homes, in the community, at FTM's, etc.
    --- Participate in and support activities with community partners that focus on kinship awareness, resources, trainings, support groups, etc. Assist in and serve as a liaison in all activities to locate, obtain, apply for and access resources for families.
    --- Make purchases with a county issued purchase card as needed for kinship families and ensure
    all purchasing requirements are completed timely and accurately. Pick up and deliver items when requested.
    --- Provide documentation and routine data entry in TRAILS and other databases. (MANGO, BINTI, etc.).
    --- Participate in all Kinship Team programs and services as needed to support the ongoing needs of the kinship families in our community.
    --- Assist with Promoting Safe and Stable Families programs and data entry collection.
    --- Actively participate in learning, educational and growth opportunities.
    --- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as requested.
    Icebreaker Meetings:
    --- Coordinating meeting times with parents/foster parents and staff
    --- Arranging for a Facilitator if needed
    --- Ensuring adequate space availability for meeting
    --- Arranging for room set up
    --- Prepare family members and service providers for the Icebreaker to include explaining the process, purpose and focus of the meeting
    --- Assisting in addressing concerns prior to the conference
    --- May diffuse angry, upset, or hostile clients
    --- Facilitating discussion between parties while keeping the focus on children
    --- May be needed to ask questions around the family's cultural needs/belief system
    --- Facilitate the meeting as an impartial person
    --- Write reports from a strengths-based perspective, respond diplomatically, and listen attentively; facilitate discussion
    --- Ensure thorough and timely data entry into referral system
    Qualifications for Success
    --- Knowledge of community resources to provide families with referrals as needed. Ability to do ongoing research to locate additional resources in the community and active participation in the development of a resource guide
    --- Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    --- Strong active listening skills
    --- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
    --- Ability to communicate information and ideas verbally and in written in a manner that fosters clarity and understanding
    --- Skilled in negotiation and able to work towards resolution of differences in an objective manner
    --- Ability to diffuse angry, upset and or hostile clients and contentious situations
    --- Strong organizational and planning skills
    --- Ability to set priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities
    --- Ability to ensure and incorporate the cultural needs and practices of the family into all aspects of your work.
    --- Skilled in use of Microsoft Office Products such as Word, Power Point, Excel, and Publisher to prepare reports and other products along with knowledge, ability to learn, and actively utilize other computer programs and databases which include but are not limited to Trails, MANGO, Lexis Nexis, Internet Search engines, Salesforce, etc. (Use of programs for research and data entry is actively required.)
    --- Familiarity with and knowledge of State regulations as they pertain to child welfare and child protection as well as the Colorado Children's Code, State Department of Human Services Manual-Volume VII, Agency Policies and Procedures and Agency/County/State letters, County Policy, etc.
    --- Ability to work in potentially unsafe situations, effectively manage stress, utilize active listening skills, process/analyze/interpret large amounts of data and family history, problem solve, and de - escalate angry/upset clientele
    --- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to organize and manage time effectively.
    --- Always interact professionally and appropriately with agency staff and all outside organizations/programs/agencies
    --- Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
    --- Utilize your personal vehicle when necessary to get to many appointments in the community and surrounding areas of Colorado
    --- Knowledge of and adherence to the Adams County norms and values.
    More Qualifications for Success
    Experience:Three years of full-time relevant experience with extensive public contact in a service-related field.
    Education and Training: High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Additional completed college coursework in behavioral science or a closely related field may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
    License or Certificate: Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
    Background Check:Must pass a criminal background check.
    --- Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish is strongly preferred.
    --- Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Willingness to work extended hours prior to and or after typical work hours Monday through Friday to meet the needs of children and families
    Adams County provides a comprehensive benefits package to employees that goes above and beyond what is offered at most organizations.
    Clickhere (https://youtu.be/ILAvllPaGb4) to watch our video about why Adams County is an Employer of Choice!
    Benefits You Expect:

    • AFLAC Supplemental Medical Insurance

    • Basic Term Life & Optional Term Life Insurance

    • Deferred Compensation Plan

    • Dental/Vision/Medical Plans

    • Generous Vacation/Sick leave (pro-rated)

    • Long-Term Disability

    • Short-Term Disability

      Plus some you might not expect:

      • Employee Assistance Program

      • Employee Fitness Center

      • Employee Health Clinics

      • Flexible Work Schedules

      • Recreation Center Discounts

      • Training & Tuition Reimbursement Programs

      • Wellness programs

      • Lactation friendly certified workplace

        Please be aware that your cover letter and resume will not be accessed in the initial screening process, so you must complete your application and supplemental questions with as much detail as possible. Any personally identifiable information (PII) such as name and address will be redacted from applications that meet the minimum screening requirements and are forwarded to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager selects you to advance in the hiring process, your cover letter and resume will then be accessible to the hiring team. Information provided on the application is used to determine if a candidate meets minimum qualifications. Only information provided at the time of the application being completed will be considered and additional information that is not listed on the application will not be considered when deciding if a candidate meets or does not meet the qualifications. Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to include all information and details on their application. I understand and agree that only information provided at the time of my application will be used to determine if I meet the minimum requirements for this position.

        • Yes, I understand and agree

        • Yes, I understand but disagree.

          I understand that if selected for this position and currently hold a case manager/case-carrying position in Children and Family Services (CFS), I may have a delayed transfer/promotion period up to 120 days prior to moving into this position within the Human Services Department. Choose 'yes' to acknowledge.

          • Yes

          • No

            A requirement of this position is that you possess a valid driver's license. Do you meet this requirement?

            • Yes

            • No

              Please select how you best meet the minimum qualifications.

              • Three (3) years of full-time relevant experience with extensive public contact in a service-related field AND a High school diploma or GED equivalent

              • One (1) year of full-time relevant experience with extensive public contact in a service-related field AND an Associate's Degree

              • No experience AND a Bachelor's Degree

              • None of the above

                Are you bilingual? If yes, can you please explain your verbal, reading and writing abilities.
                Please describe your interest in working with and supporting kinship families in child welfare.
                Based on your experience, describe the benefits of working collaboratively on a team, as well as some of the challenges.
                Required Question
                Adams County
                4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Suite C4000BBrighton, Colorado, 80601-8213
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