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Kinship Specialist - Social Work, Waterloo, IA

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Waterloo, IA
  • Date Posted: 11/8/2021

Job Description:

This position will serve the city of Waterloo in Black Hawk County and surrounding areas in Iowa; travel is expected.


Families First offers Top Pay and Great Benefits!  Our employees have the potential to earn $36,000-40,000 annually.  Benefits include health, dental, vision; a flexible spending program; 401K; and additional voluntary payroll deductions through AFLAC and Legal Shield.  We also offer a Paid Time Off (PTO) program.  The agency encourages and supports personal and professional growth through agency sponsored training, conferences, workshops and other staff development activities.

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.

Education/Training/Work Experience

Associate of Arts Degree in Human Services or related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum of two (2) years full-time experience in Human Services; or

A Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree in Human Services or related field from an accredited four-year college recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Possession of a valid Driver’s license within the state of residence.

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