1+ months

Case Aide, Foster Care - Contingent Schedule, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to \u201cBe The Rock That Starts The Ripple\u201d. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


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.


Job Summary


Assists in providing non-professional auxiliary services for children and families under the direction of foster care supervision. Transports clients to organization scheduled activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide auxiliary services related to center's foster care program in accordance with center, division, organization, and contract requirements.
  • Provide transportation for foster children to and from medical appointments or family visits, during placement or replacement, and with social worker to clinics, other services, etc.
  • Supervise children during appointments either at home, office or at other appropriate sites.
  • Maintain familiarity with organizational services provided and local human service organizations to accurately inform and refer persons requesting service and information.
  • Observe and document the child, foster parents and birth parents according to policy; report observations to social worker with case responsibility.
  • Obtain reports (e.g., court reports, school reports, birth records, etc.), and resource information from other organizations on behalf of social worker, as assigned by supervisor.
  • Maintain familiarity with and keep a resource file of procedures and operations for various medical and/or educational facilities in the community which provide services for children and families.
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    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Associate's degree in human services or related field preferred.



    • One year experience working in a child welfare or related service setting preferred. \u001a


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently.
    • Ability and willingness to interact with compassion, sensitivity and empathy to children.
    • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
    • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables.
    • Ability to read, speak and write English language. Fluent in the language of the clients served preferred.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to write using proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
    • Able to use basic computer software applications.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Automobile travel required.
    • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record. Valid proof of automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to lift/carry small children.
    • May need to physically assist older children weighing up to 100 pounds. 
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.


    Posted: 2019-11-14 Expires: 2020-01-12

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