Sault Tribe
  • - ACFS
  • 49783, MI, USA
  • Negotiable
  • Salary
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes

The Caseworker, under the direction of Child Placement Services Supervisor, is responsible for overseeing a variety of professional assignments to provide services to socially and/or economically disadvantaged individuals in programs administered by ACFS such as protective services, foster care, adoption, foster home licensing, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) monitoring and family support services.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Completes program specific paperwork within established time frames.
  • Maintains client files according to program guidelines.              
  • Responds to critical situations involving children and families within defined time frames.                 
  • Evaluates the safety of living environments through home visits and client interviews.            
  • Completes risk assessments with the family to determine individual strengths and needs and makes appropriate recommendations for services based upon assessment results.    
  • Identifies placement resources for children within the foster care system.         
  • Prepares and files court petitions in protective services and foster care cases according to Tribal and State laws.
  • Testifies in court hearings as required.                                                                 
  • Adheres to court orders by formulating a social services plan, supervising the family's rehabilitative progress and reporting back to the court on any significant changes in case activity.                          
  • Reviews behavioral, medical and educational needs of each child referred for placement at specified intervals and at other times when needed.                                                                         
  • Provides in home supportive services, education, counseling, community resource linkage and referral; advocacy; and other social service interventions to families and children.                                      


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Actively recruits placement resources.
  • Promotes public awareness through speaking engagements, distribution of printed materials, and other appropriate methods.                   
  • Attends meetings and trainings as required.        
  • Administers breathalyzer tests and drug screens as needed.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers, outside vendors/service providers and court and law enforcement officials.




Position medium with lifting of 50 pounds maximum and frequent lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception and field of vision; frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, typing and driving in and during inclement weather; occasional carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, manual handling, and use of color vision. Working conditions include frequent exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, and noise and air quality. Potential hazards include frequent client contact, infectious exposure, computer use; occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, electric shock, needles/syringes and equipment use.




Education: Bachelor's Degree in Human Services area: Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Family Ecology, Consumer/Community Services, Family Studies or Child Development, Guidance/School Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services or in another major where 25% of the course credits earned toward the degree are in human behavioral sciences required.


Experience: One year of experience working with children and families preferred.


Certification/License: Must be able to successfully complete the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing - Foster Home Certification and Complaint training; training will be provided. Must be able to successfully complete the mandatory State of Michigan - Child Welfare Training Institute's program specific training; training will be provided. Must be able to meet mandatory State of Michigan's program specific annual training requirements; training will be provided. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing requirements. Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position on call and must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. Must be able to handle potentially hostile clients and adversarial situations. Must be able to confront and redirect inappropriate client behavior. Must be able to travel. Must have reliable transportation.  Must be able to establish appropriate relationships and boundaries with clients. Must be flexible and available to work various shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Must be able to establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, guests and clients.  Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet and data base software. Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must be able to work in high stress environment and handle difficult situations. Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize and manage work load to meet goals in a timely manner. Must be able to prepare clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedure drafts and other written documents. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.


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