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Foster Care Case Worker 

About the Organization St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) is a non-profit, human services agency dedicated to serving the most vulnerable. Every year, thousands of lives are transformed through the agency's programs which include foster care, adoption, mental health counseling, refugee services, and an Immigration Law Clinic. Located in Michigan's capital and with more than 70+ years of compassionate service to the community, STVCC is proud to have forged relationships with community partners of almost every creed. STVCC's work is carried out by employees (and interns/volunteers) and we welcome those passionate about serving others to join us on this journey of providing help and hope.  
Category Social Services  

Job Summary

Provides and implements a workable plan to increase the level of functioning of the foster child and the birth family where applicable. Works cooperatively with foster families, birth families, foster child, referral agency, school personnel, and other individuals involved in the treatment of the foster child. Provides a consultative and supportive role for foster families in meeting the needs of the foster child. Works closely with birth parents, when applicable, to overcome the obstacles that brought the child into foster care and return the child home. When reunification is not possible, case manager works with Adoption Case Manager to develop a permanency plan for the child.

Agency Expectations of Employee

  1. Supports Mission, Vision and values of agency.
  2. Is sensitive to cultural diversity of colleagues and clients served.
  3. Demonstrates ongoing professional growth and knowledge through training and experience.
  4. Forges mutually respectful partnerships with persons served and their families to assist them in gaining skills and confidence to address the problems and issues they face.
  5. Believes in the capacity of people to grow and change.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Attend, provide reports, and testify for required court hearings (Preliminary, Pre-Trial, Dispositional, Review, Permanent Wardship, etc.).
  • Prepare and place child in his/her designated foster home, determine child’s need of clothing and personal items, and inform foster parents of child’s background and other necessary information.
  • Complete Initial Service Plan within 30 days of the child entering agency care.
  • Complete Updated Service Plan quarterly for each child in care.
  • Follow DHHS requirements for regular contact with the child and foster family including at least one visit per month in the foster home. Meet with the birth parents in their home(s) at least quarterly.
  • Follow DHHS requirements for regular visitations or contact between foster child and the birth family.
  • Arrange for any necessary services to assist in reunification of families, including psychological or psychiatric evaluations, therapy, parenting classes, etc., and maintain contact with the professionals providing these services.
  • Maintain contact and monitor each child’s school progress.
  • Work cooperatively with the foster parents, foster children, birth families, and agency staff in respect to the goals of each case.
  • Assist in placement of foster children into foster homes or in their return to the birth family or other permanent placement.
  • Attend required MiSACWIS trainings provided by the state and become proficient in utilizing MiSACWIS as a day-to-day tool in order to document contacts, trainings, and recruitment activities. Input all reports in MiSACWIS in a timely manner to ensure compliance with the current Modified Settlement Agreement.
  • Meet all Child Welfare Training Institute requirements
  • On an annual basis, complete 32 hours of ongoing applicable continuing education.
  • Participate in 24-hour on-call rotation to answer crisis calls and provide supportive services to foster parents, foster children, and their natural families.
  • Participate in regular, ongoing weekly supervision and informing the supervisor on work related issues as needed.
  • Participate in any additional, reasonable, responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Child Welfare Assistant Director.
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Location St. Vincent Catholic Charities - Lansing  
Open Date 6/7/2023  
Position Requirements

Qualifications and Education Requirements


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related human service field. The following degrees are acceptable: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, and criminal justice.


Experience: Some clinical and case management experience with children and families preferred.


Registration, licenses, certifications or special training: A valid Michigan Driver License, access to reliable transportation and maintain appropriate insurance.


Physical Demands: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Emotionally able to work with information that may be traumatic in nature, as well as, work with individuals or families in crisis or experiencing trauma.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk up to 8 hours per shift.
  • Work involves talking, stooping, squatting, twisting, climbing, kneeling, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • May be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal for extended periods of time.
  • Noise in the work environment is usually moderately quiet but can be very loud at times.
  • Work in an environment with various degrees of discomfort.
  • Driving as needed throughout the day.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Additional Notes

This description is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements of a person so classified. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change duties at any time.

Signing Bonus $1,000  
Benefits Comprehensive package including medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, retirement, life, etc. Sick, vacation, and holiday accrual.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Additional Information  
Close Date  
Full Job Description 2015 Foster Care Caseworker 08 2015.doc 

Benefits Information None Specified 

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