Samaritas Social Worker Assistant in Lansing, Michigan

hr / Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan. 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. hr / Job Summary Assists in providing a variety of culturally relevant, bi-lingual, non-professional auxiliary services for children and families in support of case related goals. Duties and Responsibilities liMaintain current knowledge of and provide non-professional auxiliary services and assistance to clients, under the direction of social worker and casework supervisor in accordance with applicable contractual, regulatory requirements and accreditation standards./li liProvide transportation for foster children to and from medical appointments, during placement or replacement, and with social worker to clinics, other agencies, etc./li liSupervise children during appointments either at home, in offices, or at other appropriate sites./li liMaintain a resource file and become acquainted with the procedures and operations of various medical and/or educational facilities in the community, which provide services for children./li liObserve and document activity related to the child and foster parents; report observations to social worker with case responsibility./li liDevelops and maintains complete progress notes for assigned cases utilizing computerized software./li liObtain reports (e.g. court reports, school reports, birth records, etc.) and resource information from other agencies on behalf of social worker as assigned by supervisor./li liAssist the social worker with case assessments pertinent to development of casework plan./li liAssist the licensing social worker with home evaluations, renewals and training activities./li liHandle post-foster care inquiries in accordance with agency policy and practices./li /ul hr / Job Qualifications Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification liAssociate's degree in human services or related field. Bachelor's degree in social work, human services or related field preferred./li /ul Experience liOne year experience in child welfare or refugee resettlement program preferred./li /ul Knowledge, Skills and Abilities liWillingness and ability to demonstrate compassion, non-judgmental attitude, and empathy towards persons served./li liAbility to maintain a helping role; intervenes when appropriate./li liAbility to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished orally or in writing./li liAbility to effectively resolve problems involving routine but, involved situations./li liAbility to work constructively with staff, clients, and representatives from agencies.l