CPS Conservatorship Worker

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Job/Position DescriptionThis posting may be used to fill multiple positions in Region 3A Child Protective Services Caseworker – [SAO CPS Spec I](%20http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/CompensationSystem/JobDescriptions/){target=”blank”}.Whenever a child must be removed from their home, Texas courts appoint Child Protective Services (CPS) to serve as a “Conservator” of the child. Conservatorship Specialists are a specific type of caseworker legally responsible for a childs welfare whenever they are removed from their home and monitors childrens care while in CPS conservatorship. They work closely with parents, extended family, and legal parties to help children find a permanent, safe place to live. To explore more of what Conservatorship Specialists do, click [here](http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Jobs/CPS/cvs.asp){target=”blank”}.To view a realistic online video about Child Protective Services workers and clients, please click [here](http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Jobs/CPS/workingatcps.asp){target=”blank”}.You will also have access to a self-assessment that will help you determine if this type of work is something that is a good fit for you. WHY WORK FOR DFPS?The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting the unprotected and#151; children, elderly, and people with disabilities and#151; from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. DFPS accomplishes this responsibility by employing over 12,000 workers who live up to the agencys [Mission, Vision, and Values](http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/AboutDFPS/mission.asp){target=”blank”} in service to the citizens of Texas. DFPS is not only a qualifying organization for the [Service Loan Forgiveness Program](https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service){target=”blank”}, which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments, but also offers [excellent health benefits](https://ers.texas.gov/Benefits-at-a-Glance/Health-Benefits){target=”blank”}, special discounts on many products and services through the [Discount Purchase Program](http://www.beneplace.com/home.jsp?ClientUserId=7195457){target=”blank”}, a lifetime monthly retirement annuity as well as Texa$aver 401(k) and 457 Programs under the [Employees Retirement System](https://ers.texas.gov/Benefits-at-a-Glance/Retirement){target=”blank”} of Texas. An additional benefit you will receive is 12 days of paid annual leave, 12 sick days, and the potential to earn up to four days of administrative leave each year. Your annual paid leave accrual increases as your tenure increases. Newly hired employees holding a Masters Degree in Social Work may qualify for an increase at the point of hire. Essential Job Functionsand#149;Receives cases from investigators after children are removed from their homes, placed in CPS conservatorship, and placed in care outside their homes. and#149;Determines each childand#146;s needs and ensuring that appropriate referrals for testing, evaluations, records, or further assessments are made. Ensures all services are focused on achieving positive permanency.and#149;Working with children, families, and communities to plan for a childs permanency. and#149;Identifying potential permanency resources for the child through ongoing contact with parents, family members, and other individuals the child and family identify as important to them. and#149;Searching for potential kinship providers throughout the cas https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/CareerPortal/jobprofile.cfm?szOrderID=599189 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.