Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for a full-time social worker to work with the Guardian ad Litem program.
Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be advocates for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children.
The CLC social worker works at the direction of the attorney to assess needs, identify supports and services and advocate for better outcomes for clients. The CLC social worker reports to the Director of Social Work.
Provides independent comprehensive assessments and observations in multiple domains;
Provides proactive, strategic, clinical recommendations in the best interests of the client;
Conducts visits with client(s) and participates in meetings;
Identifies and assists in coordinating therapeutic services;
Collects and manages resources and providers;
Assesses, engages, and strengthens team;
Clinically reviews cases and consults with GALs on case planning, permanency planning, mental health, educational services, and health;
Provides clinical advocacy and testimony in court;
Conducts internal and external training as needed.
Candidates must hold a District of Columbia Social Work license: Licensed Graduate Social Workers (LGSW) level or higher;
One or more years of experience working within the District of Columbia child welfare system strongly preferred;
One or more years of experience working with children and families strongly preferred;
Excellent knowledge of social services within the District of Columbia, specifically those for children and families;
Desire to work with attorneys in representing the best interest of children in the abuse and neglect system as well as custody matters;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Outstanding interpersonal skills;
Excellent time-management and organizational skills;
Capacity to be flexible;
Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively;
Children’s Law Center works to give every child in the District of Columbia a solid foundation of family, health, and education. We are the largest provider of free legal services in the District and the only to focus on children. Our 80-person staff partners with local pro bono attorneys to serve more than 2,000 at-risk children each year. We use this expertise to advocate for changes in the District’s laws, policies, and programs. Learn more at www.childrenslawcenter.org.