Current Employment Openings


Permanency Unit Caseworker

Work Hours:      37.5 hours per week

Reports to:         Permanency Unit Supervisor

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.


  • 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.

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 completing 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 by November 9, 2023.



Foster Care On-Call Caseworker

Reports to:       Foster Care Supervisor or Coordinator

The Foster Care On-Call Caseworker is responsible for after hours, on-call casework services in accordance with regulations and policies

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promptly respond to answering service calls after office hours, during weekends, and on holidays
  • Provide support and referrals to resource families as needed in consultation with supervisory staff
  • Notify appropriate parties regarding medical/psychiatric emergencies or safety concerns
  • Receive referrals and facilitate placements for emergency foster care and standby care
  • Complete required documentation and reports
  • Participate in required meetings and training as per COBYS policy

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage emergency situations and unpredictable workload demands
  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to develop professional relationships and to discuss sensitive and complex issues in a professional manner
  • Willingness to initiate difficult conversations during times of crisis/stress
  • Willingness to work within COBYS mission statement and core values


  • Bachelor’s degree required; social service field preferred
  • Must pass State Police, Childline, and FBI clearances and pre-employment medical appraisal
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and vehicle registration

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, respond, and talk
  • 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. The employee will perform other reasonably related duties assigned by their supervisor. 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 resume to by November 9, 2023.



[Foster care] is a nice way to give a child a safe home for a season, and share our Christian faith, a good positive family role model, and fun memories.

– COBYS Resource Parents Dennis & Ann