US - Home Study & PRS Caseworker
Company: Church World Service
Posted on: August 2, 2022
Position Title: Home Study and Post Release Services Caseworker-
Reports To: Home Study and Post Release Services Supervisor
Team: Immigration and Refugee Program
Location: Remote - reporting to CWS Lancaster
Status: x Non-Exempt --- Exempt
--- Bargaining Unit x Non-Bargaining
Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working
to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice
around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the
provision of services.
The Home Study and Post Release Services Caseworker (HS&PRS
Caseworker) will provide collaborative home study services to
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's sponsors to support the safe and
timely release of Unaccompanied Children (UC) from Federal care. In
addition, the HS&PRS Caseworker will provide therapeutic,
strengths-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate case
management services to children post release from Federal care in
the community where their sponsor resides. Caseworkers will conduct
outreach and education to community service providers to supplement
existing services that do not adequately address unique needs of
The incumbent will work remotely to perform administrative duties,
such as documentation and completing reports. The incumbent will
travel within the Philadelphia area to conduct in-person home
visits to interview and provide psychoeducation and monitoring of
the placement for unaccompanied children and their sponsors. Travel
to surrounding counties and other areas may be required based on
program referrals. Periodic travel to the CWS Lancaster office for
in-person meetings and other duties is required.
- Conduct in-person home visits to interview and provide
psychoeducation to Sponsors.
- Complete reports within 10 days of receiving Home Study
referral with assessment information and findings.
Post Release Services
- Conduct in-person home visits with children and sponsors
post-release from federal care.
- Conduct child centered needs assessments.
- Develop individualized strength-based goal-oriented service
- Coordinate referrals in relevant service need areas such as
legal, education, medical, mental health; Support immigrant
children and sponsor with enrollment and access of services in
- Provide psychoeducation to children and Sponsor on relevant
- Support children and sponsor to cope with family reunification
- Monitor progress of goal completion.
- Monitor the safety and well-being of children including but not
limited to indications of trafficking and abuse and neglect.
- Serve as a mandated reporter and work with child welfare as
- Network and develop partnerships within the local community to
educate providers on children's needs and to reinforce/increase
partnerships in relevant areas.
- Write case notes and maintain thorough case files; enter data;
complete reports in a time sensitive manner.
- Effectively coordinate and work in tandem with other service
providers to assist refugee clients, avoid duplication of services,
and maximize efficiency.
- Effectively use technology to maximize efficiency and quality
of work during intake, needs assessments, and data entry.
- Advocate for equal access to services for refugees and
- Keep informed about refugee and immigrant issues and available
services to clients, using current information to better identify
and serve refugee and immigrant clients.
- Attend weekly meetings with supervisor and other agency
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
Education: Required - Minimum education of a bachelor's degree in
Social Work (BSW) or an equivalent degree in education, psychology,
sociology, or other behavioral science.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience working with children and
youth, family reunification/preservation, and or foster care/child
welfare and previous work experience and interest working with
foreign born populations is required. Ability to provide
trauma-informed psychosocial education and case management is
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- Valid driver's license and insurance
- Access to Personal vehicle
- Must be able to travel frequently and independently throughout
- Must be able to work evenings and weekends as assigned.
- Must be able to pass an FBI background check and a Child
- CWS' U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all new staff to
provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as soon as reasonable, no
longer than 60 days of employment. Any employee who is pregnant,
who is nursing, who has a disability, or who has a medical
condition that prevents them from safe vaccination, or who rejects
vaccination because of sincerely held religious beliefs, may
contact the CWS Benefits Administrator to request reasonable
accommodation as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity
General: Able to work creatively and independently, maintain client
confidentiality, and work collaboratively with community partners.
Above average decision and problem-solving skills, high moral
character, and impeccable judgment absolutely necessary.
Communication: Able to communicate thoroughly and with
self-confidence a broad range of information. Able to speak
publicly with local providers to advocate for equal access to
services on behalf of refugee clients.
Applying Instructions:Visit cwsglobal.org and click on the
Employment link to find this position application. Inclusion of a
cover letter and a current resume are required.
CWS Offers a Competitive Benefits Package That Includes
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Life Insurance and AD&D
- Long Term and Short-Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Health Savings Account
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Commuter Benefits
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