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Samaritas Foster Care Worker (Non-Exempt) in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Job Summary

Provides social work and case management services for assigned cases, in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assume primary responsibility for all cases on assigned caseload. Provide a range of case management, including social casework, engagement, mentoring, and community referral.

  • Collect, assess and document appropriate data and client progress. Assume responsibility for and complete documentation, reports, statistics, and assignments within required time frames and as required.

  • Work collaboratively with referral sources, agencies, institutions and individuals who have pertinent roles in client's life situation.

  • Prepare for and attend all scheduled court hearings on assigned caseload.

  • Take primary responsibility for intake and initial placement services for all newly referred cases.

  • Coordinate placement arrangements with caregivers, including transportation of children as needed.

  • Provide more intensive supportive casework services to child, birth family, and caregiver during initial placement and replacement.

Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related human service field.

  • Licensed by the State of Michigan preferred.


  • One year experience in child welfare, preferred.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision.

  • Ability to utilize assessment, problem identification, and intervention with individuals, families, and groups.

  • Ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources as they apply to client needs.

  • Ability to deal constructively and appropriately with client apathy, hostility, resistance, and anger.

  • Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies, and disciplines.

  • Ability to read, write and speak fluent English. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Bilingual in the language of persons served is beneficial.

  • Knowledge of: state and local human service systems and resources, particularly as they apply to child and family services; human growth, development, and social environments with respect to child development, personality, family life, parenting, and ethnicity; and ability to employ basic social work skills.

  • Understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the clients served.

  • Awareness of counseling and parenting techniques with individuals and groups.

Additional Work Requirements

  • Participate in a system of 24 hour availability to clients, foster and adoptive parents, as required.

  • Unrestricted valid driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current automobile insurance.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • High levels of concentration.

  • Ability to move freely about.

  • Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to lift/carry small children, and restrain older children up to 100 pounds.

  • Near visual acuity.

  • Hand-eye coordination.

  • Hand and finger dexterity.

At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to “Be The Rock That Starts The Ripple”. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

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Samaritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/Vets/Disabled

Requisition Number2021-6596

Employee TypeTemporary

Hours Per Pay Period80


Work HoursVaried

Weekends and/or Holidays RequiredNo

On Call RequiredYes

Position LocationUS-MI-Grand Rapids