Child and Family Worker
Children's Aid Society
January 31, 2021
Cornwall, ON, Canada
The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry is committed to becoming allies with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities; those of African-Canadian/Black heritage; other racially marginalized and LGBTQ2S+ persons, through our Truth and Reconciliation commitments, our ongoing ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity’ work and anti-racism/anti-oppression education.
- Have a clear understanding of the Children’s Aid Society’s child welfare mandate and provincial Transformation initiatives
- Work in a multi-disciplinary team and engage in direct care and service to families
- Work intensively with families and children/youth on identified goals and outcomes
- Provide support, consultation and information sharing with members of the team involved with assigned families, children/youth
- Analyze and interpret known family information to formulate a working plan for assigned children/youth and/or their foster families with identified goals and outcomes
- Provide service intervention through activities in the community
- Conduct or facilitate groups with a good knowledge and skill level of group dynamics
- Provide or help birth parents/other caregivers to provide a safe and secure environment that has structure and limits within the context of a caring atmosphere
- Utilize sound clinical judgement and act effectively in situations requiring immediate actions on behalf of children/youth
- Advocate for the family, child/youth and support the individual with skill development and awareness to advocate for themselves
- Provide, as required, on-going monitoring, coaching/teaching of high-risk families, children/youth
- Develop and maintain clear, concise and timely case logs and any other reports required
- Participate in meetings and conferences as required and provide pertinent information to the Supervisor, Child Protection Worker, collaterals and family/foster family
- Contribute to submissions made to the Court, as required, in consultation with the Child Protection Worker and the Society lawyer
- Testify in court when required
- Develop skill and knowledge through constructive use of supervision, self-evaluation, and attendance at in-service training sessions
- Research and develop resource material on identified topics, i.e., anger management, toilet training and behaviour management
- Teach/coach a wide range of parenting skills to caregivers, depending on their needs, with the goal of preventing the admission of children into care or expediting the return of children home from CAS care
- Offer intensive short-term support and life skills training to families, children/youth
- Work with caregivers and their children/youth to improve family interaction and functioning
- Assess and improve the safety of children/youth while in the care of their caregivers or community kin placement
- Assist with quality family visitations between caregivers and their children/youth, and facilitate a reintegration plan
- Assist families, children/youth to obtain and maintain positive relationships with other community services
- Contribute to the development of parenting capacity
- Develop strategies to help children/youth live in a kin or foster placement through strength based, outcome based, behaviour management and/or positive reinforcement
- Work cooperatively with foster parents and permanency worker to determine the needs of the home, and children/youth
- Assist and support children, youth, and families in the development and strengthening of natural support networks to enhance immediate and long-term safety and stability.
- Other duties as assigned of a family/child support nature
Knowledge and skills required
- Ability to identify systemic barriers to equity and anti-oppressive practices and apply this lens to your work
- Knowledge, experience, and understanding of the culture, history and current issues/oppression experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis; those of African-Canadian/Black heritage; and other racially marginalized persons in our community
- Knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis history, people and communities and a demonstrated ability to engage with the communities
- Strong understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture, heritage and traditions, and a commitment to developing the highest quality culturally appropriate service possible for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis families that we serve
- Demonstrated ability to work in high pressure situations, be decisive, show compassion and be skilled in de-escalation
- Ability to demonstrate effective time management skills, prioritize tasks, follow instruction, and give/receive feedback
- Ability to collaborate effectively with peers, community partners and other professionals
- Demonstrated ability to communicate both written and verbally in a clear, concise manner, and to be able to meet deadlines and other administrative requirements
- Community College Diploma, e.g., Child & Youth Care Worker, Social Service
Worker, Early Childhood Education and/or Bachelor of Arts.
- Minimum of two years of direct service experience, e.g., residential/non-residential
care, child welfare experience with youth.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license.
- Preference will be given to those who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis; African-Canadian/Black heritage; or other racially marginalized persons who meet the educational requirements or who have equivalent education and experience.
- The ability to communicate in both official languages will be a requirement for any position designated as essential under the French Language Services Act
- As a requirement of employment all applicants must have a Canadian Social Insurance Number
- The Child & Family Worker works in the society’s residential and non-residential programs
- The Child & Family Worker is expected to work irregular hours as required by family service needs. These may include evenings and weekends. Scheduling is arranged with and approved by the Supervisor.
Salary range is $45,472 - $59,014, commensurate with education and experience.
CAS SDG values building a workforce that is reflective of the diversity in our community and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas. Please indicate in the application process should you identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis; African-Canadian/Black heritage; or if you are a member of another racialized or otherwise marginalized group.
We comply with the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). If you require accommodation at any time throughout the application process, or if this information is required in an accessible format, please contact us.
We thank all interested applicants; however, only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.