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Foster Care Case Worker

Lutheran Community Care SA and NT
  • Specialist Care Team - Foster Care Services, Sefton Park

Our Foster Care Service (FCS) is funded through the Department for Child Protection (DCP) to provide family-based foster care services in the SA Metropolitan North, South, West, and East, the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa and the Murray/Mallee regions.

LCC is dedicated to stable placements for children and providing quality carer supports to equip and support families to not only meet the needs of the children and young people in their care but to facilitate environments in which they can thrive.

Due to program growth we are seeking to add an empathetic, innovative and experienced practitioner to our Specialist Care team. Our Specialist Care Program offers trauma and attachment informed specialist family-based care to children and young people with complex needs, who require a higher level of care than generalist foster care. This includes children living with complex medical conditions, disability, learning and communication difficulties, and/or pervasive emotional and behaviour regulation challenges. Through comprehensive training, assessment and intensive support tailored to the child’s care needs, our Specialist Care Program equips carer families with the knowledge and skills to care for children with complex needs, alongside maintaining their own wellbeing.

The Foster Care Case Worker role in the Specialist Care Team involves providing intensive casework support to a caseload of Specialist Care Households. We are a small team from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with a shared passion for strengths-based, trauma-responsive practice. We strive to provide carer families with compassionate, meaningful and empowering support to have their voices heard, their needs met, and achieve best outcomes for children in their care.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Case management of carer applicants and/or approved carer households
  • Providing support to Foster Carers by maintaining regular contact with foster carers by telephone, email and home visits
  • Assist the placement co-ordinators with the process of matching and placement of children with approved foster carers
  • Assessment of foster care applicants
  • Maintain up-to-date accurate case notes
  • Monitor foster carer compliance with ongoing accreditation and re-certification requirements
  • Assist with development and implementation of foster carer retention initiatives

Please refer to the Job Description located on our website for all duties and responsibilities.

While the position is office-based, travel for regular support visits with carers and to other locations for intra and interagency meetings is required as well as some work outside normal office hours. You must hold a current and unrestricted South Australian Drivers Licence and possess a registered roadworthy vehicle available for work use (employees reimbursed for work travel).

Lutheran Community Care is committed to providing a child-safe environment therefore you will require a valid DHS Working With Children Check and a current Safe Environments for Children & Young People certificate.

Applications must include a Cover Letter, Selection Criteria Response and a current Resume. For further information and instructions on how to apply, including a Job Description please go to our website www.lccare.org.au/about-us/work-with-us/

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