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Child Protective Services Social Worker

Child Protective Services Social Worker

PublishedPublished: 1/10/2024
ExpiresExpires: 3/10/2024
Public Services
Full Time
$91,000 to $100,000 per year

Title IV-E students graduating Fall 2023 are encouraged to apply.

Salary starts at $43.47/hour ($90,727/year) plus a competitive total compensation package!*

Family, Youth, and Children (FYC) staff members help individuals, families, and the community to ensure the safety and well-being of Sonoma County children and teens. They investigate reports of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and, when needed, provide compassionate care placement with foster parents or residential programs. At-risk children and their families are supported through referrals to social services, helping client homes to be safe, stable, nurturing places. Staff respond to reports of abuse and neglect, day, or night, through the 24-hour hotline. FYC staff members also provide community training about child abuse prevention and mandated reporting. For more information about FYC, please visit their website.

Child Protective Services Social Workers in FYC may be assigned to one or more programs within the Division and may work from a variety of regional offices located in the County. The Division provides a wide spectrum of protective, regulatory, preventative, and placement services, including but not limited to:

  • Assessing client and family strengths and needs to develop and monitor parents' compliance with treatment case plans
  • Investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect
  • Engaging with the Dependency Court via applications for protective custody warrants, written court reports, court appearances, providing support to clients and witnesses, and providing testimony
  • Making services available to intact families, to assist in the remediation of existing problems
  • Filing petitions and other legal documents with the Juvenile Court to have children who have been abused or neglected removed from parental care
  • Determining living arrangements for children and youth
  • Maintaining confidential information in accordance with legal standards and County regulations
  • Supporting family and children visitation sessions
  • Providing reunification services to parents whose children have been removed from their care
  • Collaborating with attorneys, the Juvenile Court, service providers, tribal representatives, and foster care providers
  • Ensuring all services are delivered in a respectful, culturally sensitive, and appropriate manner
  • Participating in evening and weekend Emergency Response standby coverage as needed

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • A Master's Degree in Social Work or a Master's Degree from a two year counseling program
  • The ability to remain calm and multitask while interacting with children and families in stressful situations
  • A passion for child welfare and working with youth and families who have experienced trauma
  • The ability to think critically through complex and emotionally charged situations
  • Thorough understanding of the regulations and laws that govern child welfare work
  • The ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of clients while maintaining tact, objectivity, sensitivity, and sound judgment
  • Experience assessing and evaluating home and family situations to determine the need for crisis intervention or a safety plan
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience exercising sound judgment to make diagnostic risk assessments and decisions regarding the placement of children or youth
  • The ability to develop and utilize community resources to best serve our clients’ needs
  • Working knowledge and a basic understanding of how to support FYC’s mission and vision
  • Basic computer skills including Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are desired but not required

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.Apply Now!

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Salary range

  • $91,000 to $100,000 per year