Adams County Children & Youth strives to be responsive to the changing health and welfare needs of Adams County Families by encouraging the development of programs that reduce dependency and strengthen family life. We are guided by many laws, regulations, and policies as well as principles and values to help us achieve our mission and make a difference is the lives of the children in Adams County.
This is an entry level professional social service work in a County Children and Youth Services. County Caseworkers focus on providing services directed at protecting the welfare of children and preserving the family unit whenever possible. This is done through interviewing, assessing, developing plans for delivery of services, and providing ongoing support and accountability. This role is responsible for establishing and maintaining confidential records and collaborating with legal staff in judicial proceedings pursuant to the agency missions.
Required Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the basic principles of economics, sociology, psychology, and other social sciences.
- Knowledge of current social, economic, and health problems and their impact on the growth and development of people.
- Knowledge of human development and behavior including the individual, family, and group.
- Ability to understand and accept the needs and rights of others and to work with adults and children who are physically challenged, mentally disabled, emotionally troubled, and economically disadvantaged.
- Ability to learn, interpret, and apply relevant laws, regulations, and policies governing agency services.
- Ability to learn how to conduct individual and family interviews and to use them to identify individual and family problems.
- Ability to learn how to effectively interact with individuals, families, and as a member of a treatment team.
- Ability to plan and organize work, prepare adequate records and reports, set priorities, and learn to maintain a caseload in an effective and timely manner.
- Ability to adequately express ideas orally and in writing.
- A Bachelor's degree that includes or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice , or other related social sciences.
- Or 2 years of paraprofessional experience and 2 years of college level course work which includes 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences.
- Or any equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 college credits in the fields mentioned above.
- To be considered for a Caseworker 2, the candidate must have one year experience as a County Caseworker 1 with a certificate of direct service worker and a Bachelor's degree that includes or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social science; or one year experience of professional social casework experience in a public or private social services agency with a Bachelor's degree in a related field that includes or is supplemented by 12 college credits in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice or other related field.
License(s) and Certification(s): Must possess a valid driver's license, personal vehicle, and current automobile insurance.
Clearances required to obtain prior to hire:
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33)
- Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34)
- FBI Criminal Background Check (Act 73)