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Child Welfare Specialist I/II

Company: Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Location: Duncan
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

This position is located in Duncan, Walters, or Waurika, Oklahoma.

Not many careers give you the opportunity to make a real, tangible difference in the community around you, but Child Welfare does. Our Child Welfare Staff are vital in helping vulnerable children find safety and stability, which makes Oklahoma a better place for everybody. You can contribute to our mission by joining our team!

Annual Salary

  • Level I H23A - $38,169.36 + Full State Employee Benefits
  • Level II H23B - $41,874.84 + Full State Employee Benefits

    DHS offers free child care for all employees. This benefit will be in effect until May of 2022. For more information contact

    Applicants who possess a Bachelor's degree or a Master's Degree in Social Work will be entitled to a salary incentive of an additional 5% and 10%, respectively.

    State Benefits include a financial allowance in addition to your salary, which can be put towards Health, Dental, and Vision Plans. A state-matched retirement contribution plan, and paid time off. These benefits go into effect the month after your hire date.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Child Welfare Specialist, Level I - To qualify, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree (in any field) to qualify.

    Child Welfare Specialist, Level II - To qualify, the applicant must have a master's degree, OR a bachelor's degree, and one year of professional social work experience.

    Job Duties - Level I
    • Complete the Child Welfare Core Academy Training Program
    • Learn adoptive services such as recruiting, screening, evaluating, and documenting activities, and providing reports to the adoption unit and the courts;
    • Learn treatment and preventive services;
    • Visit children in placement and conduct assessments of children and families;
    • Refer families and children to services in the community;
    • Participate in investigations of abuse and neglect of children, and prepare case reports and other documentation;
    • Attends court hearings and provides testimony;
    • Consults with the District Attorney and other attorneys, and tribal partners regarding efforts to protect the child, reunite the family, or other permanent plans for the child;
    • Provides direct services to children in placement,
    • And other duties as assigned.
    • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities.

      Job Duties - Level II
      • Complete the Child Welfare Core Academy Training Program
      • May perform duties of Level I Plus:
      • Employees receive intakes and assess or investigate allegations of abuse or neglect completing appropriate documentation, and assess child safety and recommend the appropriate level of intervention;
      • Initiate procedures to remove the child from the home if in present danger;
      • Coordinate actions with law enforcement entities and the District Attorney;
      • Provide social work services to families applying or approved for adoption or foster care; recruits and trains foster and adoptive parents;
      • Conducts home visits and reviews the child's psycho-social, medical, developmental, and education histories;
      • Completes evaluations and approves or disapproves applicants;
      • Facilitates and participates in family team meetings.
      • Prepare and coordinate legal documents for presentation to the court, attend court hearings and provide testimony,
      • Other Duties as Assigned
      • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities.

        Travel is EXTENSIVE - Must possess a valid driver's license and must maintain required car insurance. State vehicles will be available for use to carry out the duties of the position, or mileage reimbursement if personal vehicles are used.

        Applicants must also pass a criminal background check and a reference check.

        All new Child Welfare Specialists attend training required by law or outlined in the Pinnacle Plan. They must successfully complete the initial Child Welfare Specialist Academy.
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          If you have questions, please contact

          OKDHS is a Fair Chance Employer.

          Announcement Number - 22-KM012

          This is a position in the Oklahoma Civil Service.


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Keywords: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Lawton , Child Welfare Specialist I/II, Other , Duncan, Oklahoma

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