Foster Care Advanced Specialist
Childrens Home and Aid
Brightpoint (formerly known as Children’s Home & Aid) invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. As a leader in the human services sector for 140 years, we aim to advance the well-being of children by investing in families and strengthening communities through data-informed, collaborative, and preventative solutions.
The Foster Care Advanced Specialist is a critical member of the region’s child welfare team, working collaboratively within and across programs to ensure a relentless focus on keeping children safe and supporting families, consistent with our agencys Blueprint for Impact (https://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/blueprint-for-impact/) , which includes replacing what we currently think of as child welfare services with what we know to be child, family, and community well-being solutions. As a Foster Care Advanced Specialist, you will work collaboratively with families who have an indicated report of abuse or neglect to work towards a safe reunification or an alternative permanency plan to ensure the wellbeing of every child. Your daily routine will involve providing families with comprehensive, intensive, trauma-informed case management services to a case load of families involved in the child welfare system.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a closely related field required. Masters degree preferred.
Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL), Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol (CERAP), and Child Abuse and Neglect (CANS) certification required.
At least six months of prior child welfare experience required.
Successful completion of the agencys Foster Care Training Series or ability to complete within 3 months of hire required.
Experience providing collaborative, strength-based services to kids and families preferred.
Ability to attend in-person meetings and events as needed required.
Valid drivers license, insurance, and a reliable vehicle required.
Compensation: $48,625/annual ($50,725/annual for qualified English/Spanish bilingual candidates).
Additional Compensation: One-time $3,000 CWEL recognition payment (issued 60 days after hire or following licensure issue date).
Benefits: Medical/dental/vision insurance, 3 weeks paid time off in the first year including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day (PTO increases with tenure); 11 paid holidays, supplemental insurance options, 401(k) with match (more benefits details here).
Location: Hybrid (remote/in office); majority of your time will be spent in Belleville or East St. Louis completing home visits to foster homes or meeting with clients in an agency office or community setting, with other opportunities to complete service documentation and other case coordination from your preferred location (in office, or remotely).
Schedule: Full-time, salaried; general business hours with some flexibility required for accommodating client’s schedules and special projects. On call responsibilities on a shared rotation.
Student Loan Forgiveness: Brightpoint is an approved agency for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) (https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service) .
Where you work matters.
We believe that by building diverse and inclusive teams of passionate advocates for youth and families, we can continue to show up for Illinois families, putting those families at the center of every decision, and strengthening the communities where we all work, play, and live together. (More about who we are here. (https://www.brightpoint.org) )
We invite you to become an active member of a team that supports, inspires, and challenges each other, and grow your career in an organization that celebrates emerging leaders and provides development and learning opportunities aligned with your individual goals and aspirations. If you are looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work, including raising your unique and authentic voice to disrupt the systemic inequality impacting children and families, we encourage you to apply today.
Click here to review our agency’s Blueprint for Impact. (https://brightpoint.org/about-us/who-we-are/our-blueprint-for-impact/)
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