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Become A Child Welfare Specialist

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Working As A Child Welfare Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $44,741

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Welfare Specialist Do At ICF Consulting Group, Inc.

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* Providing support for Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) and related work, including planning for reviews, charting CFSR activities for each State within the Region, assisting in the development of review and monitoring tools, providing analysis support regarding findings, and assisting in documentation of review findings.
* The Specialist will participate in CFSR reviews, including observing case review activities and stakeholder interviews, preparing States for their reviews, and organizing materials and guidelines for the process.
* The Specialist will support States with developing and monitoring any program improvement plans (PIPs) and conduct literature reviews on best practices in child welfare.
* The Specialist will be able to reference current and pending Federal and State child welfare legislation using legislative web pages and materials, will synthesize and analyze data, and produce reports to help federal staff provide evidence-informed support to their assigned States.
* In addition, the Specialist will review and comment on draft reports and also produce various draft products and resources, including internal tools, publications, reports, briefings, Q&A s and presentations.
* This position will be located onsite at the Region 7 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offices in Kansas City, Missouri.
* The expected travel is about 10%
* of time, intermittently

What Does A Child Welfare Specialist Do At Louisiana Department of State Civil Service

* investigations of child abuse or neglect, supervisory or disciplinary authority over children, direct care to a child, or performance of licensing surveys.
* In accordance with state laws, selected candidates must pass the following checks before any final job offer will be made: Drug Test, Criminal Background, State Central Registry, and Louisiana State Police Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry.
* As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Child Welfare Specialist Trainee, 1, or 2 depending on the level of education and experience of the selected applicant(s).
* The annual salary range is $29,640
* minimum and $75,026
* maximum.
* Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.
* These positions have a Special Entrance Rate (SER) see below:
* Child Welfare Specialist Trainee:
* Bachelors in Social Work or related degree - $1,143.56 Bi-weekly
* Child Welfare Specialist 1:
* Masters Degree in Social Work or related Masters Degree - $1333.00 Bi-weekly
* Child Welfare Specialist 2:
* Masters Degree in Social Work or related Degree plus one year of child welfare experience - $1523.00 Bi-weekly
* Before applying, applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements.
* No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
* To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.
* Must possess a valid driver's license.
* Applicants can check the status of their application at any time by selecting the 'Application Status' link after logging into their account.
* Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
* Application Status Message
* What it Means
* Application received
* Your application has been submitted successfully.
* Checking for required test score
* We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
* Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.
* Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".
* Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".
* If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
* Evaluating experience
* Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
* Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.
* Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".
* Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
* Eligible for consideration
* You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
* Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review
* Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
* Referred to hiring manager for review
* Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.
* You may or may not be called for an interview.
* Position filled
* Someone has been selected for the position.
* Position canceled
* The agency has decided not to fill the position.
* The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications.
* Paper applications will not be accepted.
* Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
* If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925
* or Toll Free: (866) 783
* during business hours for additional assistance

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How To Become A Child Welfare Specialist

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.


Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 


Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.


For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Child Welfare Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Braille

  • French

  • Cherokee

  • Chickasaw

  • Polish

  • Thai

  • Arabic

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Top Child Welfare Specialist Skills

  1. Child Welfare Services
  2. Complete Court Reports
  3. Child Abuse/Neglect
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assigned caseload with responsibility for providing child welfare services to children and families in communities, facilities, institutions or hospitals.
  • Work with families to develop and implement treatment plans, complete court reports, attend court hearings and testify in court.
  • Conduct investigations on child abuse/neglect.
  • Developed Rehabilitative Service Plans to ensure positive consumer outcomes and quarterly reports to show positive outcomes.
  • Complete reports for the district attorney and attend court hearings, as well as testify in court cases.

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