Current Employment Openings

About COBYS Family Services:

Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, COBYS Family Services provides a range of foster care, adoption, permanency, family life education and counseling services throughout the region.

 

At COBYS, you can expect an organization environment where kindness and respect matters, where colleagues work collaboratively and strive for excellence in the care provided to our clients. Delivering direct human services is not an easy job, but we believe it is our organization’s calling in assisting those we serve in our community. We encourage you to be your best self and to serve joyfully, while practicing empathy, grace and humility.

 

As reflected in our mission statement, COBYS views employment in the social services we provide as a calling, as much as a vocation. In doing so, we care for our employees, the caregivers, by adopting a family approach toward our team leadership. Support and cooperation are built into how we operate.

 

Position:

Permanency Unit Caseworker

Work Hours:             37.5 hours per week

Reports to:               Permanency Unit Supervisor

Summary:

(Multiple Openings) The Permanency Unit Caseworker functions in the capacity of a Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency (LCCYSSA) Placement Caseworker. The caseworker supervises, coordinates and provides services to biological families and their children who are placed in foster homes, group homes, and residential facilities, and to families whose children remain in home, but are receiving services.

For all cases, the caseworker is responsible for creating and implementing written case plans for children and their families. The caseworker supervises the client’s progress and develops written reviews of plans and presents those to the Court. With the assistance of the supervisor, the caseworker is required to prioritize tasks to complete job requirements while maintaining a focus on providing quality services to all clients.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a four-year college degree in the social sciences
  • Must pass Pennsylvania ChildLine and State Police Record checks, FBI Clearances, and a pre-employment medical appraisal.
  • Valid Driver’s License, vehicle registration and insurance required.

Summary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Continuously assess the safety of children in placement setting or in care of parents. If necessary, develop and implement safety plans with caregivers to assure on-going safety and protection from abuse or neglect. Casework includes evaluation and documentation of quality of care provided to children in agency care through visits with the child.
  • In support of the goal of assuring child safety, the caseworker can expect to facilitate, and when necessary, supervise parent/child visits, as well as refer parents and children to additional services in support of goals of case plan. Caseworker routinely provides transportation in a timely manner to case-related appointments.
  • As part of on-going case management, caseworker will assist biological parents in completing their plan requirements, make home visits to monitor conditions and care, assessing families’ strengths and needs.
  • Case management with foster parents includes identifying and obtaining needed services for child and ensuring quality substitute care for children.
  • Completion of all mandated paperwork, including that for court, is required while developing and monitoring the case plan, using various treatment modalities and assessment tools.
  • Court attendance is a significant requirement and includes, but is not limited to, activities such as preparing petitions and testifying at Permanency Hearings for all children in placement and testifying at hearings to terminate parental rights.
  • Organizational expectations include attending staff meetings, identifying financial needs and competing necessary financial documentation.

Required Skills & Training:

  • Commitment to enhance the mission of COBYS Family services which is, motivated by Christian faith, COBYS educates, supports and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and in written communication with clients, their families and professionals.
  • Establish relationships with clients that will facilitate development and implementation of case plans, and which balance the roles of assistance and protection of a child.
  • Flexibility and energy to meet the unpredictable and emergency nature of caseload
  • The ability to gather sufficient information, to analyze complex situations accurately, to respond to stressful situations in a constructive manner and to pursue effective courses of action.
  • The ability to work cooperatively to enhance team functioning within the Permanency Unit, and to contribute to the overall agency goals.

Caseworker will complete and document a minimum of 40 hours of training annually based on organizational requirements and individual caseworker needs. Training to include CPR/FA.

Permanency Unit Caseworker job description pdf.

Send resumes to HR@cobys.org.

 

Position:

Foster Care Caseworker

Work Hours:   37.5 hours per week

Reports to:      Foster Care Coordinator or Foster Care Supervisor

Summary:
Responsible for the day-to-day casework services in accordance with regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and COBYS Family Services.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a four year college degree in a social science field.
  • Must pass pre-employment medical appraisal as well as State Police, Childline, and FBI clearances.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle registration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fiscal:

  • In cooperation with Foster Care Coordinator or Supervisor, assure foster children are assigned the proper per diem rate and assure necessary paperwork is completed for billing purposes.
  • Identify needs within the foster care program and report needs to Foster Care Coordinator or Supervisor.

Program Responsibilities

  • Conduct contacts with foster children as follows: once weekly during the first month and during times of crisis, bi-weekly after the first month with at least one contact every 30 days in the resource home.
  • Arrange family visitation to meet guidelines set by the county caseworker/court. Supervise and document visitation as requested by the county caseworker.
  • Assure transportation for foster children to visits. Transportation is primarily the responsibility of the resource family. Transportation by caseworkers should be a last resort.
  • Complete written reports as follows: Individual Service Plan/Initial Adjustment Report within 30 days of placement, Monthly Reports, ISP reviews every six months, and Discharge Summaries. ISP’s are written in cooperation with the county caseworker, birth family, foster child, and resource family.
  • Coordinate supportive services to the foster child to meet the needs of the foster child and resource family.
  • Ensure that the foster child receives appropriate and timely medical care as outlined in DHS requirements.
  • Participate in significant appointments, including evaluations of any kind, school meetings, unusual medical appointments, etc.
  • Monitor the foster care placement by conducting regular home visits to ensure that the foster child’s needs are being met and that the resource family is capable of appropriately parenting the foster child.
  • Document all in person, telephone and electronic contacts in log notes and keep current (within two weeks).
  • Conduct monthly safety assessments of foster children.
  • Obtain medical, educational, legal, and background information on foster children.
  • Assist in enrolling foster child in school.
  • Provide family work sessions twice a month with birth parents as requested by county caseworkers. At least one session is to be held in the birth parent’s home. The caseworker service provided is case management of the court ordered family service plan.
  • Complete or assist Foster Care Coordinator or Supervisor in completing injury/unusual incident reports (HCSIS).
  • Address issues with resource families, when necessary.
  • Complete caseworker section of resource family’s annual evaluations.
  • Arrangement of respite care as needed and requested.
  • Supportive casework services to resource parents who need to resolve issues related to foster care. Any social services required are referred to a third party.
  • Removal of a foster child when the situation is not in the best interest of the child and/or the resource family.
  • Provide on-call services as needed in the absence of an on-call caseworker.
  • Participate in monthly Foster Care Unit Meetings, Kid Meetings, and Staff Meetings.
  • Participate in bi-weekly supervision with Foster Care Coordinator or Supervisor.

Training:

  • Participate in a minimum of 40 hours of training annually. Half of these hours may involve casework supervision and/or training by Foster Care Coordinator or Supervisor. The remaining is to be obtained through special training in senior caseworker’s area of interest, area for growth.
  • Provide documentation to Director of Placement Services of training through certificates or by completing training forms.
  • Career planning/development as part of supervision (graduate school, specialization, attending specific trainings for specializations).

Required Skills:

  • Personal characteristics and commitment to enhance COBYS mission.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with clients, their families and professionals.
  • The ability to establish relationships with clients that will facilitate development and implementation of case plans which balance the helping role with child protection role.
  • Flexibility and energy to meet unpredictable and emergency nature of caseload demands.
  • The ability to gather sufficient information to analyze complex situations accurately and respond to stressful situations in a constructive manner.
  • The ability to analyze complex situations accurately and pursue effective courses of action.
  • The ability to work cooperatively to enhance team functioning within the unit, and to contribute to the overall agency goals.
  • Some remote work.

Corporate Involvement:

  • Assists COBYS in establishing annual goals and following through with assigned projects.

Send resumes to HR@cobys.org.

 

 

Position:        

Part Time On Call Foster Care Caseworker

Work Hours:   Guaranteed 6 hours per on call week

Reports to:      Foster Care Supervisor/Foster Care Coordinator

Summary:
Responsible for providing on call casework services in foster care in accordance with regulations of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and COBYS Family Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fiscal:

  • Identify needs within the on call services for the foster care program and report needs to Foster Care Supervisor.

Program Responsibilities:

  • Complete written on call reports for every call handled and forward documentation to the appropriate staff.
  • Ensure that the foster child’s birth parents are notified regarding any medical or psychiatric emergencies, when appropriate.
  • Ensure that the county children and youth on call caseworker is notified regarding concerns for the foster child’s safety or any medical or psychiatric emergencies.
  • Conduct emergency removals in cooperation with the county children and youth caseworker by having face to face contact with the foster child and placing them into respite if inappropriate discipline or an unsafe situation occurs in the resource home.
  • Complete ChildLine reports in accordance with laws.
  • Receive referrals for emergency foster care placements and facilitate placements upon identification of an appropriate resource family.
  • Facilitate standby placements with Lancaster County Children and Youth.
  • Arrangement of emergency respite care as needed and requested.
  • Provides appropriate referrals to resource parents during crisis situations.
  • Participate in monthly Foster Care Meetings and individual supervision, as needed.

Training:

  • Participate in a minimum of four hours of training annually.
  • Complete Mandated Reporter training within 30 days of hire.
  • Provide documentation to Foster Care Supervisor of trainings through certificates or by completing training forms.

Corporate Involvement:

  • Participate in special events such as the staff breakfast, summer picnic, and Christmas party.

Required Skills:

  • Personal characteristics and commitment to enhance COBYS mission.
  • Flexibility and energy to meet unpredictable and emergency nature of workload demands.
  • The ability to establish relationships with clients that will facilitate development and implementation of case plans which balance the helping role with child protection role.
  • The ability to gather sufficient information to assess complex situations accurately and respond to stressful situations in a constructive manner.
  • The ability to assess complex situations accurately and pursue effective courses of action.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with clients, their families, and professionals.
  • Ability to work cooperatively to enhance team functioning within the unit, and to contribute to the overall agency goals.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a four year college degree.
  • Must pass pre-employment medical appraisal as well as State Police, Childline, Out of State child abuse, and FBI clearances.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle registration.
  • Must have access to reliable high speed internet service.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and employee will perform other reasonably related business duties such as working overtime when the need arises. The percentage of time spent on essential duties will vary as job requires. Initiatives will be encouraged.

COBYS Family Services will consult with the Part Time On Call Foster Care Caseworker and allow input before job duties and responsibilities change. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Send resumes to HR@cobys.org.

 

 

Position:

Part-time Post Permanency Adoption Caseworker

Work Hours: Up to 20 hours per week

Reports to:     Adoption Coordinator and/or Adoption Supervisor

Summary:
Responsible for the day-to-day post permanency adoption services in accordance with regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), and COBYS Family Services.

Program Responsibilities:

  • Provide Post-Adoption Services in accordance with SWAN, and COBYS requirements.
  • Complete and submit a Case Assessment Report for Post-Permanency services.
  • Coordinate services for child/family with education, mental health, juvenile court, residential treatment facility, medical, and other providers.
  • Provide mediation between birth families and adopted children and/or adoptive parents.
  • Provide systemic advocacy services on behalf of adoptive families.
  • Locate respite homes and resource for adoptive family.
  • Refer family and/or child to appropriate support groups.
  • Participate in adoption meetings.
  • Continuously assess the safety of the child in his/her placement setting.
  • Complete required paperwork for billing each month.

Required Skills:

  • Personal characteristics and commitment to enhance COBYS mission.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with clients, their families, and professionals.
  • The ability to establish relationships with clients that will facilitate development and implementation of services.
  • Flexibility and energy to meet unpredictable and emergency nature of caseload demands.
  • The ability to gather sufficient information to analyze complex situations accurately and respond to stressful situations in a constructive manner.
  • The ability to analyze complex situations accurately and pursue effective courses of action.
  • The ability to work cooperatively to enhance team functioning within the unit, and to contribute to the overall agency goals.

Training:

  • Participate in required annual training. Half of these hours may involve casework supervision and/or training by supervisor. The remaining is to be obtained through special training in caseworker’s area of interest or area for growth.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a four-year college degree in a social science field.
  • Must pass pre-employment medical appraisal as well as State Police, Childline, and FBI clearances.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and vehicle registration.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and employee will perform other reasonably related business duties such as working overtime in the event of a crisis and filling in for other employee’s as the need arises, as assigned by the Adoption Supervisor or Director of Placement Services. The percentage of time spent on essential duties will vary as job requires. Initiatives will be encouraged.

This organization will consult with the employee and allow input before job duties and responsibilities change. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Send resumes to HR@cobys.org.

 

 

Position:

Foster Care Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Foster Care Supervisor   

Job Summary: The Foster Care Administrative Assistant provides program-specific administrative support to the COBYS foster care department.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist foster care staff and resource families with case file maintenance in accordance with regulations and policies
  • Create and update electronic files and forms
  • Prepare and distribute program-related mailings and documents
  • Provide general clerical support to the foster care department; order office supplies
  • Complete various administrative projects and tasks as assigned by the foster care supervisor and coordinator
  • Participate in required meetings as per COBYS policy

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to learn other electronic platforms as required by COBYS
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work independently and maintain communication with supervisor and coworkers
  • Willingness to work within COBYS mission statement and core values

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency required
  • Administrative experience preferred
  • Must pass State Police, Childline, and FBI clearances and pre-employment medical appraisal

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, climb, bend, stoop, squat, twist, crouch, kneel, lift, grasp, balance, push, and pull; occasional need to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift, push, and/or move up to 40 pounds, with or without assistance
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms and push items overhead
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to hear and respond; talk; distinguish smells, tastes, and temperatures
  • Mandatory dexterity as this job requires frequent use of hands and fingers, including firm grasping

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. The percentage of time spent on essential duties will vary as the job requires. COBYS Family Services will consult with the employee and allow input before significant job duties or responsibilities change. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Send resumes to HR@cobys.org.

 

[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy