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Date:  Nov 17, 2022
Req ID:  22094

Forrest City, AR, US, 72335

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $36,154.98

Position Number: 22101457 
County: St Francis 
Posting End Date: 12/31/2022 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $36,154.98 


Forrest City, AR

St. Francis County

Hiring Manager: Gwendolyn Hawkins


Arkansas’s Creating Connections for Children Project (ARCCC) is a program unit focused on recruitment and retention of resoruce families and volunteers, bringing together community in partnership with the Division of Children and Family Services to increase the number of foster and adoptive families available for youth in foster care. ARCCC is a comprehensive, multi-faceted and community-based diligent recruitment program based off Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family model. Its core components include Community Outreach & Development, Recruitment and Retention & Support. The CES will serve as a liaison between DCFS and the community. The position will require some evening and weekend community outreach events, monthly staffing meetings, support groups and foster care/adoption orientations.


Job Summary:

  • Responsible for the coordination of diligent recruitment plans in particular service areas.
  • Engage the general public, community groups and other stakeholders in recruitment and retention activities.
  • Facilitates the development, coordination and implementation of recruitment plans.
  • Develop a network of foster families that is more neighborhood-based, culturally sensitive and located primarily in the communities where youth who are removed from their homes; and 
  • Increase the number of resource families available to meet the unique needs of children who have been removed from their primary caretaker; and
  • Develop supportive services for both the bio- and the resource families to work together to achieve permanence for children.
  • Conceptualizes a plan for recruitment, support and development while being able to concretely move from a concept to implementation of activities aimed at meeting the grant requirements by increasing the number of resource families  who mirror the children coming into care, reaching targeted populations of families who can meet the needs of youth and/or any other identified population of children in care, and
  • Complete reports, track activities, monitor outcomes, and attending any required meetings.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in working with children and/or families, some experience with community engagement or community resources.

Public speaking and computer experience preferred. 

Possess skills in facilitation, organization, time management, interpersonal relations, leadership, marketing, and sales.

Report writing and monitoring experience. 


Special Work Conditions:

The FSW is expected to: be prepared to work non- standard work hours which often include evenings, weekends and holidays; be on a 24 hour on-call rotation for up to 7 days at a time; operate a motor vehicle safely and according to applicable laws at any time of day or night; have reliable personal transportation and extensive in-state travel  ability; maintain a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance; ability to work with families on environmental neglect issues such as head lice and unsanitary houses; to lift weight (i.e., picking up children) up to 50 lbs.; ability to transport children and adults for services work effectively under pressure in a frequently stressful environment; ability to transport children and adults for services.

The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like child care centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. Plus, working for the State has great perks, including a pension, maternity leave, paid state holidays, and much more. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others.

Position Information

Class Code: M051C

Grade: GS06


Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00


The Family Service Worker is responsible for providing protective foster care and supportive services for abused or neglected children. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Investigates suspected child abuse and neglect complaints by making on-site visits, securing background information, and interviewing parties involved. Discusses investigative findings and observations with supervisor and recommends the opening of protective services, foster care, or supportive services cases. Intervenes in crisis situations, removes the child from the home if the situation is life threatening, and arranges for temporary placement in foster homes, group homes, or treatment facilities. Develops a case plan to establish goals, objectives, tasks and time frames for all parties involved in case. Provides counseling and guidance to clients in defining their needs, interests, and courses of action and refers clients to other professionals, agencies, services, or community resources appropriate to clients' problems. Recruits and trains families, conducts home studies and family assessments to determine appropriate child placements, and visits clients and/or foster parents on a regular basis to monitor progress toward case objectives. Documents all case work activities and developments and prepares court reports for custody hearings and presents testimony when necessary. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling, social work, and case management. Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and methods of investigating . Ability to evaluate family problems and develop a plan of action for improving relationships. Ability to interview and obtain information. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written technical and confidential information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field; plus successful completion of a six month training class within agency core training period. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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