Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for a part-time (up to 27 hours per week) social worker in the Families First program.
CLC fights so every District child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at www.childrenslawcenter.org.
Families First attorneys represent children’s best interests in custody cases when their family stability is threatened by domestic violence, allegations of abuse or high conflict between their parents. Families First also provides free, high-quality legal assistance to kinship and foster caregivers who wish to adopt or obtain guardianship or custody of children in the child welfare system or at risk of entering foster care.
The social worker will support lawyers in particularly challenging cases involving high-needs families impacted by sexual abuse, mental illness, substantiated domestic violence, or involvement in the criminal justice system. The social worker works to assess families’ needs and strengths, identify family strengthening supports and services, provide clinical review of case records and clinical consultations, and advocate for better outcomes for clients.
- Provide comprehensive assessments and observations in multiple domains;
- Provide proactive, strategic, clinical recommendations in the best interests of the client;
- Conduct visits and interviews with client(s) and caretakers;
- Identify and manage resources and providers;
- Clinically review cases and evaluations and consult with attorneys on case planning, health, mental health, and educational services;
- Provide clinical advocacy and factual and expert testimony in Court;
- Conduct internal and external trainings as needed.