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VISITATION AIDE

  • 500942
  • TUCSON
  • DEPT OF CHILD SAFETY
  • Full-time

DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SAFETY

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) is a social and human services agency whose mission is to successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency. DCS has field office locations located throughout the state of Arizona, with its central office located in Downtown Phoenix. DCS employs over 2,800 employees who share the common vision of ensuring children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect.

VISITATION AIDE

DCS CHILD VISITATION UNIT

Posting Details:

Salary: $15.02/HOURLY

Grade: 14

Opening Date: 8/30//2021

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

Do you have a passion for working with children and want to make an impact on Arizona’s child welfare system?

The DCS Visitation Case Aide will provide assistance, training, and guidance to families, children, and adults involved with the Department of Child Safety (DCS). The DCS Visitation Case Aide will supervise parent/child/family visits and document interactions to ensure compliance with visitation requirements and while assisting parent/child/families with general questions and issues.

Candidates who are successfully employed as Case Aide for five (5) years will be eligible to apply for a promotional opportunity to a DCS Specialist Position, grade 16 ($34,978/annually).

Alternative work hours may be required, including overtime, weekends and holidays at the discretion of the supervisor.

**The position may offer the opportunity for Remote/Virtual Office**

Job Duties:

- Supervises parent/child/family visits and documents interactions to ensure compliance with visitation requirements. Reviews and enforces visitation guidelines/expectations with case participants. Issues/concerns are elevated to the Visitation Program Supervisor and assigned DCS field staff for resolution.

- Drives case participants to visitation locations, supervises visits, and documents observations. Coordinates with all case participants on a date/time/location for visitation that works for all parties. Communicates in a courteous and a respectful manner with birth parents, providers, relatives, team members, co-workers, and the general public.

- Provides one-on-one instruction/role-playing when needed/appropriate during supervised visitation time. Will assist case participants when applicable with home management and child development during visitation time. Assists case participants with information/guidance and provides community resources when appropriate to increase self-sufficiency.

- Documents and/or enters case notes into CHILDS database. Information documented should be concise and accurate. Conducts an initial intake with case participants and gather information which may be utilized for future supervised visitation decisions. Monitors and tracks visits, transportation, case notes and provide a weekly report to the DCS Visitation Unit supervisor.

- Collaborates and provides updates to the assigned DCS field specialist as questions/issues/concerns arise. Provides assistance to parents, children, family and community partners as it relates to supervised visitation services.

- Performs other duties appropriate to the assignment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Current state, federal and district laws, and policies regarding child welfare services
- Resources available in the community that may be utilized on behalf of clients
- Policies, procedures, and practices of court FCRB with regards to cases involving custody and placement of children
- Development and behavioral problems of children's cultural, environmental and community influences on the behavior and development of individuals
- Personal computers
- Microsoft Office Suite

Skill in:
- Eliciting and gathering information
- Listening and providing supportive attention
- Time management and arranging work
- Verbal and written communication
- Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships
- Performing general clerical functions such as data entry and filing
- Observing between the DCS client and children

Ability to:
- Organize pertinent data in a logical, coherent manner
- Perform routine clerical functions such as reception, filing, mailing, and data entry
- Prepare written reports in a prescribed format
- Use computers and software
- Interact with professionals, e.g. psychologists, social workers, etc., on a daily basis
- Address hostile situations (e.g., terminating visits if harmful to clients)
- Identify resources available in the community
- Gain understanding of the effects and problems of foster care, and social, intellectual and behavioral problems of developmentally disabled children
- Adhere to general policies, procedures, and practices of court foster care review board with regards to cases involving custody and placement of children
- Learn and adhere to DCS policies and regulations applicable to assigned programs
- Actively listen and provide supportive attention to clients

Selective Preference(s):

- High school diploma or GED
- Experience working with children in a controlled environment

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- In-state travel is required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record check, must maintain an acceptable driving record and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintain valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration. Mileage may be reimbursed, if applicable.

- The ability to secure and maintain an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card and the ability to secure and maintain clearance from the DCS Central Registry.

Benefits:

As an employee of the Department of Child Safety you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!

Benefits include:
- Paid sick leave.
- Paid vacation that includes ten (10) holidays per year.
- Competitive health and dental insurance plans.
- Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

We also offer optional employee benefits that include:
- Vision coverage.
- Short-term disability insurance.
- Deferred compensation plans.
- Supplemental life insurance.
- Employee wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2903.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.