The Early Prevention Unit provides visiting case management, parenting education and support services at risk families in Norfolk. The goal of services is to prevent child abuse and neglect, foster care and/or out of home placement. Families facing adverse experiences such as mental health concerns, domestic violence, substance abuse, housing instability and/or incarceration require intensive support and service coordination to help them parent effectively. Children would be at increased risk for child abuse and neglect and foster care if their families do not receive services and supports.
Provides resource acquisition or other services to clients to enhance their personal and social lives through development of skills, capabilities, services and assistance to citizens. Manages caseloads, prepares for court and provides group work. Specializes in program areas and assumes more complex duties.
Essential functions include but are not limited to:
- Provides services and assistance to citizens by assessing clients' needs, investigating cases of suspected abuse or neglect, conducting field visits to schools, homes and hospitals, making referrals, coordinating with law enforcement and school personnel for licensing, working with families to prevent crisis, securing the well-being of all clients including children, older adults and families and removing victims from homes if necessary.
- Manages caseloads by maintaining files, telephone contacts, referrals to private vendors for services, preparing documents, filing, authorizing payments, and providing coverage as a lead worker.
- Prepares for court by attending court hearings with written reports and verbal testimonies, filing petitions and affidavits, preparing witnesses, preparing court reports, and coordinating activities with attorneys and law enforcement.
- Provides group counseling by providing training to citizens and professionals about social issues and services.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia). Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable.
Two (2) years experience in social services.
Experience working with families that experience socioeconomic disparities; child welfare and case management experience.
Additional Information & Requirements
Work Location: 741 Monticello Avenue Norfolk VA 23510
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Valid Driver's License Required
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