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Working As A Family Service Worker

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $41,468

    Average Salary

What Does A Family Service Worker Do At Schenectady Community Action Program

* Responsible for the support of Early Learning parents as they identify and meet their goals, the provision of crisis intervention services, data collection, documentation and actively integrating services with other agency services, utilizing the principles of Family Development.
* Routinely orients parents to the services provided by Head Start as well as agency wide services through the provision of home visits, center contacts, telephone contacts, as well as annually during program recruitment.
* Remain up-to-date on current services offered through SCAP.
* Conducts regular, but at a minimum two home visits each program year to all assigned families or if necessary coordinates and schedules these visits at the Center or appropriate alternative location at the convenience of the family.
* This position is for 42 weeks per year

What Does A Family Service Worker Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Recruit children for child development programs, determine eligibility, and enroll eligible children; maintain up to date waiting list and prepare all related tracking instruments and reports, as required.
* Provide assessment of family needs, develop resources, and provide referrals and supportive services to assist families in meeting identified needs; document and report on all social service activity as required.
* Encourage and support parent development through volunteer opportunities, parent training opportunities, home visits, and through developing and participating in parent development activities and meetings.
* Provide leadership to the child health, mental health, and disabilities functional areas and to the Family and Community Partnership Content Area, ensuring the provision of appropriate and required services including screening, assessment, testing, treatment, follow up, and transition services to all identified children and/or parents; develop effective working relationships with related and relevant resources.
* Responsible for the identification and development of resources to meet identified health, social service, mental health, and disabilities service needs.
* Maintain professionalism in attire and demeanor; observe and respect issues of confidentiality, ethics, best practices of the Early Childhood and Social Work Professions, as well as mandatory reporting guidelines of the Abuse and Neglect Child Reporting Act.
* Maintain required program records in conformance with YMCA procedures, funding source and program performance standards, and applicable licensing and accreditation standards

What Does A Family Service Worker Do At Vanderheyden

* Maintain knowledge of community based resources including, but not limited to, age appropriate recreational activities.
* Provide direct care and services to individuals and families.
* Provide care to individuals with developmental disabilities.
* Assist individuals with goal orientated activities based on agreed upon services plan.
* Attend and participate in supervision, staff development opportunities and agency/community committees.
* Communicate and interact with individuals and families appropriately and effectively.
* Explains and promotes Sanctuary to prospective employees, volunteers and the community.
* Create personal schedule based on individuals served utilizing appropriate time management techniques.
* Complete written service summaries as required.
* Complete assigned paperwork, including intake assessments and discharge summaries in a timely manner.
* As this list of duties and responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive, other tasks and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time as business needs require

What Does A Family Service Worker Do At Volunteers of America Southwest

* Recruits and enrolls families eligible for participation in the Early Head Start program to ensure 100% enrollment in each service option
* Prepares the original case file on each child admitted to the program; submits the completed packet to the service option in a timely fashion to facilitate family orientation and services.
* Responsible for a caseload of children and families with whom they work in partnership to establish Family Partnership Agreements and assists family members in accessing services to attain established goals.
* Develops a transition plan for every child in preparation of their departure from one program option to another and from the EHS services to another child care provider; this planning must occur with sufficient time to allow for a smooth transition of every child by their 36th month.
* All transition plans must begin in the child's 30th month.
* Responsible for completion of records and documentation required by the agency and the EHS program in the mandated timeframes
* Informs parents of due process rights, e.g., assuring that parent authorization is obtained prior to screening, evaluations, or implementation of services.
* Ensures every parent has an identified medical home and the information is documented in the case file.
* Works with other agencies in conducting advocacy and developing interagency agreements/community collaborations.
* Develops and maintains Memorandum's of Understanding with agencies that offer services to our families and renews them as needed.
* Establishes and maintains ongoing relationships with family day care providers and child care workers working with infants and/or toddlers with parent involvement, facilitating family support needs.
* Assists parents to strengthen their knowledge of community resources for families.
* Links families with appropriate resource and referral agencies and services.
* Consults with parents and staff to identify appropriate family intervention strategies.
* Refers and documents outcomes of referrals to parents to internal and external support services.
* Meets regularly with site or program team members to support communications between families and EHS staff.
* Consults regularly with parents and staff regarding parent involvement activities, events and special service needs.
* Assists in planning program events and activities that inform parents, Volunteers of America staff and board and community groups about Early Head Start Family and Community Partnership Services and parent involvement.
* Supports EHS philosophies, policies and goals and has a measurable impact on improving program quality and outcomes.
* Maintains strict confidentiality at all times in communications.
* Participates in the agency's annual self-assessment.
* Strives for continuous professional growth by participating in self-assessment and annual performance reviews, continuing education, attending appropriate work related trainings, and workshops asking for feedback on work performance, and reading job-related materials.
* Submits reports to the Site or Program Supervisor.
* Report suspected child abuse to supervisor.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Family Service Worker Do At Lutheran Social Services of The South

* Foster Care
* Conduct regular home visits and on-going assessments to ensure foster care children and homes remain viable for placement and meet the specific needs of foster care children and families
* Develop a case plan to establish goals using appropriate and necessary resources to maintain placement, minimize risk and provide for the safety of the children
* Provide supportive services and/or other resources for foster care children with emotional, social, behavioral, or mental health needs
* Assess the safety of the child; take the necessary steps (actions) to protect the child if deemed appropriate in accordance to Agency standards and federal, state, and local laws and regulations
* Determine action to be taken to remove or to reduce an immediate threat to the safety of the child; arrange for temporary placement in another foster care or group home or treatment facility
* Provide stabilization services (crisis intervention) for foster children, parents, and their families in a timely manner
* Obtain needed information and complete regular reports regarding foster care children progress
* Accurately document all relevant and appropriate information related to the child, parents, and/or families in accordance to Agency standards, state licensing requirements, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements
* Assist with child placement and post-placement services, which may include identifying and contacting the appropriate foster parent and coordinating arrangements between the placement agency and the foster home
* Follow a formal process for case reviews and informal transfer between agencies and referral sources that appropriately meet the needs of the child, parent, and/or family
* Report any serious or significant incidents to the Team Lead or Area Director immediately
* Provide emergency and on-call services when needed
* Adoption
* Conduct the intake and needs assessment and match meetings with prospective adoptive parents
* Lead required training sessions for adoptive parents, either independently or with assistance from the Director of Adoption
* Provide grief and loss counseling to birth parents during pre-and post placement prior; provide ongoing counsel and support as needed
* Provide resource referrals to birth parents throughout the adoption process; assist in meeting the needs of the birth mother throughout the adoption process
* Assist birth parents with the preparation and completion of all legal aspects and documentation of the adoption process and ensure they have a clear understanding of all the legal aspects and documentation needed to fulfill the adoption process
* Provide prospective adoptive parents with the support and guidance needed to complete the application and home study process; ensure all documentation and certifications are kept current and confidential according to HIPPA/HIPAA, licensing, and other regulatory requirements
* Provide counsel and support to prospective adoptive parents during the match meeting with the birth parents and serve as an intermediary in the ongoing communication between the prospective adoptive parents and the birth parents
* Conduct post placement supervision and visits with adoptive parents to ensure placement and all documentation meets Agency standards, State Minimum Standards, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements
* Work with former adoptees, adoptive parents, and/or birth parents to complete record requests, search, and reunions and/or facilitate ongoing contact between members of the triad
* Develop strong working relationships with local and statewide referral resources and service providers
* Complete, compile, submit, and maintain accurate records, files, and legal documents in accordance to Agency polices and standards, State Minimum Standards, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements
* Provide emergency and on-call services when needed
* Working Relationships
* Work closely with all members of the Family Services team and management, service providers and professionals, and various local community systems and resources to ensure birth parents and prospective adoptive parents are receiving a high level of customer service and the service delivery is in alignment with Agency and licensing standards and meets the needs and expectations of the birth parents and prospective adoptive parents.
* Develop and maintain positive and strong working relationships with the Foster Care and Adoption teams and clients, while maintaining professional and ethical boundaries always.
* Work as a team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices.
* Minimum qualifications
* Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
* Child Placement Management Staff (CPMS)
* years relevant work experience in foster care, child welfare, or adoption services
* Knowledge of psychological theory, methods, and ethics
* Ability to establish rapport, trust, and maintain ethical boundaries
* Strong writing skills with the ability to properly and accurately document case notes and files
* Ability to apply sound judgement when making decisions
* Ability to follow instructions and work independently with minimum supervision
* Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and prioritize competing tasks
* Strong people and interpersonal skills with the ability to apply compassion and empathy, while dealing with stressful and difficult situations; demonstrated ability with working with diverse groups of people
* Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
* Ability to travel statewide, as needed
* Preferred Qualifications
* Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or closely related field
* Bilingual (English and Spanish based on service area and service population)
* The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
* While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable.
* This position will require frequent walking and sitting and standing for long periods of time.
* There may be a need to lift, move, or carry up to 50lbs with or without assistance.
* The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position.
* It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.
* Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion.
* This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer.
* Upbring is an at-will employer.
* ID: 2018
* Shift/Hours: Various

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How To Become A Family Service Worker

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers 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. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Family Service Worker Career Paths

Family Service Worker
Programming Specialist House Manager Direct Care Worker
Assistant Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Family Support Specialist Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Director Educator
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Family Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Medical Social Worker Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director Educator Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Specialist Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Family Support Worker Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Program Coordinator Social Worker
Senior Social Worker
6 Yearsyrs
Family Support Worker Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Medical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Family Support Specialist Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Family Support Worker Child Protective Investigator
Targeted Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Family Service Worker Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Cherokee

  • Hmong

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Family Service Worker


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Top Family Service Worker Skills

  1. Child Abuse
  2. Social Services
  3. Family Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.
  • Make home visits, secure health treatments, social services, and employment opportunities for families as well as the disable.
  • Advised Family Service Worker I's on strategies for conflict resolution and resources for families in need of our services.
  • Counseled and monitored parents or guardians in developing and implementing Family Partnership Agreements.
  • Documented all casework activities and developed court reports for custody hearings and presented testimony when necessary.

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