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Kinship Specialist, Social Worker, Burlington, Iowa

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Burlington, IA
  • Date Posted: 6/7/2021

Job Description:

This position will serve the Burlington in Des Moines County and surrounding areas in Iowa; travel is expected.


Families First is one of the leading providers of family based, in-home and in-office services in the State of Iowa. 

  • We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
  • Employ approximately 230 employees.
  • Serve approximately 3,000 individuals through our various programs in forty-four counties within the State.
  • Our employees assist entire families with the daily stressors enabling them to balance a family, work and school.


Services Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate professionalism as an agency representative when partnering with DHS and other community partners.
  • Demonstrates a sensitivity to service populations’ cultural and SES characteristics and communicate respectively and effectively with these different situations.
  • Identify client and family strengths and protective factors.
  • Assess risk and safety.
  • Identify environmental factors that impact families and link them to community resources.
  • Empower, engage, and build relationships with clients and families.
  • Be able to intervene effectively in stressful and crisis situations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Services Essential Functions and Responsibilities – Kinship Specialists

  • Complete required documentation prior to service initiation
  • Patient Bill of Rights
  • Client Grievance and Appeals Procedure
  • Informed Consent
  • Release of Information
  • Administer the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale
  • Work to connect family with community resources and informal supports as identified in the case plan.
  • In initial month, Kinship Specialist completes Eco-Map and Kinship Care Plan.
  • Make face-to-face contact with the family within five [5] business days of the Department referral and participate in a face-to-face initial joint meeting.
  • Attend solution focused meetings and youth transition decision making meetings if necessary.
  • Align the specific range of delivering services and supports with needs identified within the Kinship Care Plan.
  • Maintain and document a minimum of face –to-face contact with the identified Kin family members 2 times per month.
  • Identify and address any safety concerns concerning cases during service delivery and promptly report any safety concerns to the Department worker or their supervisor by telephone, e-mail, or other means.
  • On an ongoing basis throughout service delivery, assess the educational, physical, and mental health conditions, strengths and needs of all children and kin in cases open for services; and, in consultation with the Department worker and assigned Family Support Specialist
  • Coordinate service planning, including planning for parent/child and sibling interactions, with Kinship Caregivers.
  • Coordinate the contractor’s services with services and supports children and families may be receiving from other sources, including both public and private organizations and informal community networks.
  • Implement plans to connect children and families to other community resources and informal supports, such as local community centers, mentors, or community support groups.
  • Adhere to all requirements and expectations of completing a high quality of documentation using forms developed for the Kinship Navigator Program
  • Complete Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Training and be familiar with and follow all aspects of mandatory child abuse training.
  • Provide agency endorsed evidenced based curriculum and interventions to the kinship caregivers to decrease threat of maltreatment.


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