Are you a passionate and resilient individual looking for a challenging and rewarding career making a difference for children and families in crisis? Children's Home Society of Florida is seeking versatile, dedicated Dependency Case Managers. This is more than a job – it’s a calling to help our state’s most vulnerable children and families.
We are looking for courageous individuals who are effective communicators with the ability to connect with people in a variety of circumstances and settings. Our Dependency Case Managers make critical decisions for children under difficult conditions. They are optimistic and believe in seeking the best outcome for the children and families we serve. It’s about creating new beginnings because everyone deserves a second chance. If this is YOU, then consider becoming a Dependency Case Manager focused on breaking the generational cycle of child abuse and helping to create strong stable families.
As a Dependency Case Manager, you play a profound role in the lives of children who have experienced trauma for a variety of reasons. Daily you will encounter families struggling with:
• Mental health challenges
• Physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse
• Severe neglect, including medical neglect
• Fear and isolation
Your role is to help heal children who have been hurt and victimized so they can grow up safe, healthy and prepared for life. You will assess the needs of children and families involved in the child welfare system and playing a key role in meeting those needs. You will need to work flexible hours, as crises can occur at any time of day or night. Areas of responsibility include:
• Responding to emergencies
• Completing home visits and assessments
• Developing partnerships with parents and overcoming resistance to assist them in acquiring the skills and behaviors to provide a safe and loving home for their children
• Following up with therapist and community service providers
• Preparing for, attending and testifying in court hearings
• Transporting clients to appointments (medical, dental, therapy, etc.)
• Arranging, transporting for and supervising visits between parents and children
• Managing multiple responsibilities and adhering to timeframes for completing tasks
• Maintaining case files and entering data into the statewide data system
You will build trusting relationships with children and their family members and work with a team of volunteers and professionals including, judges, attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, co-workers, foster parents and other service providers to make recommendations on important decisions regarding the best path to a safe, loving permanent home for the children in our care.
Being a Dependency Case Manager requires the desire and dedication to assess, serve and protect children and families. You must demonstrate compassion and patience while maintaining objectivity and the ability to help adults understand their responsibilities toward their children. Though teamwork is required, you must also work independently and act decisively when necessary to protect children from harm. Though it’s not easy being a Dependency Case Manager, nothing can replace the gratification that accompanies making a difference in a child’s life.