Children's Home Society of Florida

Child Welfare Case Manager/Trainee - Lakeland

Lakeland, FL
Our Mission: Building bridges to success for children. #WeDoGood Celebrating 115 years as a lead

Job Description

Child Welfare Case Manager/Trainee

Posted: Saturday, 4/6/2024

*HOURLY RATE OF $23.07-24.52*

Since opening our doors in 1902, CHS became a part of Florida's history.

CHS has been committed to growing and evolving to provide the right services and solutions to address the needs of children and families throughout the changing times. Every day, our team works with parents and kids to empower them and encourage them. With innovative technology solutions and a dedicated, experienced team throughout the state, we’re changing the face of foster care and positively impacting children and families’ lives for generations to come.

Join our team to continue to do good and create history serving Florida's children and families!

The Child Welfare Case Manager/Trainee identifies and assesses the individual and family needs of abused and/or neglected minors placed in care by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) with the ultimate goal of permanency. The Child Welfare Case Manager/Trainee coordinates necessary services and treatments, completes required assessments, discusses goals and alternatives, and provides needed information. Overall, the Child Welfare Case Manager/Trainee contributes to the CHS high performance culture by exhibiting our values and providing quality results that position CHS as the leader in delivering proactive behavioral health, case management, community and early childhood solutions for children and families.


  • Uplifting mission-driven work culture
  • Make an impact in your community and become a part of Florida's history!
  • Growth and professional development opportunities
  • Great benefits package, including generous paid time off and holidays

Please watch the day in the life "Get Real: Life as a Case Manager" video above in its entirety (required for application purposes) and the My CHS Why video testimonial below to see if this is the best fit for you!

Primary Job Functions

1. Identify and assess client and family needs of minors placed in care by DCF due to abuse or neglect by caretakers with the ultimate goal of permanency

  • Conduct child safety assessments.
  • Assess client needs and develop service plans.
  • Coordinate delivery of services; plan referrals and linkages to clients and families.
  • Monitor service plan progress and evaluates reports from multiple service providers.
  • Develop and maintain case and program documentation (assessments, treatment and service plans, progress notes, termination summaries, etc.) according to contract and CHS standards.
  • Prepare case and status reports and make recommendations; testify in court or other prescribed body regarding reunification, termination of parental rights or other permanency plans.
  • Conduct diligent searches as required by dependency laws.
  • Coordinate services with other professionals and para-professionals.
  • Conduct community outreach as needed.
  • Provide specialized services such as detainment, interstate compact, post placement supervision, relative and non-relative caregiver home studies, court testimony, termination of parental rights and judicial review staffing.
  • Facilitate stable placement and timely achievement of permanency by providing support to children, caregivers, and family members.
  • Assist family and caregivers in accessing subsidy, medical coverage and other needed services for children.
  • Coordinate cases with supervisor, team members, providers, DCF and attorneys as needed.
  • Facilitate placement and independent living.
  • May remove and place children, and/or facilitate mediation staffing for reunification, TPR and detainment.
  • Arrange or provide transportation of clients when needed.
  • Arrange for drug/alcohol screens as necessary.
  • Provide on call support as required or scheduled.
  • For Adoptions:Assess families for the purpose of adoption.
  • DCM Trainee candidates only: Attend a paid classroom training program, Phase I Child Protection Certification, and upon successful completion, enter Phase II, a hands on supervised field practice that leads to full certification. This on the job training opportunity will allow you to strengthen your skills in case management.
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement

Children's Home Society of Florida At A Glance

Our Mission: Building bridges to success for children. #WeDoGood Celebrating 115 years as a leader in child welfare, Children's Home Society of Florida transforms odds into opportunity for kids statewide. Our expert trauma-informed teams work in nearly every community and neighborhood throughout Florida to guide families to success. Our solutions are shaped by the needs of the community and can differ by location, but our overall mission remains the same -- Building bridges to success for children. What does it mean to "do good" for children and families? It means opening doors to new opportunities. Empowering children, teens and families to find -- and build upon -- strengths so they may rise above challenges and circumstance ... so they may realize their full potential. No other organization has the size, scope or depth of innovative solutions that dramatically change the futures of children. Together, we do good, because good CAN be done. Last year alone, we reshaped the futures of more than 50,000 children and families across Florida. We have received significant awards recognizing our incredible work, such as Florida’s Leadership Statewide Community Award, the Orlando Business Journal's TechIQ Innovation Award, and the Congressional Angel in Adoption recognition. Learn more at
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