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CPS Alternative Response Worker

Texas State Job Bank

This is a Full-time position in KERRVILLE, TX posted August 29, 2021.

Job/Position DescriptionA Child Protective Services Caseworker
– SAO CPS Spec I.The position, under the direction of a child placement supervisor, performs advanced social work related to protective services, intake, child abuse or neglect, assessment, Alternative Response, foster care and adoptions.

Work involves making determinations of appropriate actions necessary to resolve family emotional and/or physical stress situations which cause child abuse or neglect.

The position interacts routinely with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services staff, clients, representatives from various organizations, community resources, and the general public.To explore more of what Investigation Specialists do, click here.To view a realistic online video about Child Protective Services workers and clients, please click here.You will also have access to a self-assessment that will help you determine if this type of work is something that is a good fit for you.

WHY WORK FOR DFPS?The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting the unprotected and#151; children, elderly, and people with disabilities and#151; from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

DFPS accomplishes this responsibility by employing over 12,000 workers who live up to the agency’s Mission, Vision, and Values in service to the 27 million citizens of Texas.

DFPS is not only a qualifying organization for the Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments, but also offers excellent health benefits, special discounts on many products and services through the Discount Purchase Program, a lifetime monthly retirement annuity as well as Texa$aver 401(k) and 457 Programs under the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

An additional benefit you will receive is 12 days of paid annual leave, 12 sick days, and the potential to earn up to four days of administrative leave each year.

Your annual paid leave accrual increases as your tenure increases.

Newly hired employees holding a Master’s Degree in Social Work may qualify for an increase at the point of hire.

Essential Job Functionsand#149; Determines the causes/factors of abuse/neglect to children to assess current or future risk to children by gathering information from parents, family members, and others; interviewing and examining children; assessing home environment; and gathering pertinent information from other sources.and#149; Collaborates and works with the family to determine strengths, needs and action to be taken to remove or to reduce an immediate threat to the safety of a child to include referring family for crisis intervention therapy or other community resources, testifying in court to seek emer hsc.state.tx.us/ENG/CareerPortal/job_profile.cfm?szOrderID=478317 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

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