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CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST- SUBSIDY SUPPORT Emerald (Upward Mobility Targeted Title )

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Aug 4, 2022

Chicago, IL, US, 60621-2059

Job Requisition ID:  17464

Agency :  Department of Children and Family Services 
Closing Date/Time: 08/18/2022
Salary:   $4,982-$7,369 monthly (Anticipated starting salary: $4,982.00)  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
Plan/BU:   RC063  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number  [[593515 & 593518]]

Position Overview

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking an organized, professional, and results oriented individual to serve as Subsidy Support Specialist.  Under general supervision, this position will provide professional child welfare adoption and subsidized guardianship services to pre and post adoption and subsidized guardianship families.  The position will identify children appropriate for adoption/guardianship and conduct assessments and home studies to determine the suitability of prospective adoptive homes.  This position provides a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children and interested in playing a role in ensuring that children and youth find their forever home.  DCFS offers a competitive compensation plan, excellent benefits, and a pension program.  The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills.  We invite you to join our innovative team to help make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Subsidy Support Specialist


  1. Prepares and counsels birth parents and adoptive families regarding placement or conversion to adoption or subsidized guardianship


  1. Prepares and maintains necessary case documentation for planning, implementing, and evaluating services


  1. Maintains case files to ensure the presence of requisite legal documents, including court orders, financial or subsidy agreements, home studies, investigations and background checks, assessments, and diagnostic/medical reports


  1. Responds to informational requests regarding adoption services and shares expertise in adoption with child welfare staff in both public and private delivery systems (i.e., CPS/CWS staff, new workers, Adoption Preservation program staff, etc.)


  1. Reviews billings and contracts regarding adoption and guardianship assistance cases for accuracy of information


  1. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Preferably requires a master’s degree in social work; OR a master’s degree in a related human service field, supplemented by one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience; OR requires a bachelor’s degree in social work and one year of directly related professional casework/case management experience; OR requires a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field and two years of directly related professional casework/case management experience


The college or university issuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree must be accredited, and the degree program in social work must be approved by the Council on Social Work Education.  The directly related professional casework/case management experience must be related to family preservation, family reunification, adoption, youth development, counseling, and advocacy services or a related field. 


Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires possession of a valid driver's license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance.


  1. Requires ability to pass a background check


  1. Requires physical, visual, and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties

Work Hours:  M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM  
Work Location: 6201 S Emerald Dr Chicago, IL 60621-2059  

Supervisor:  Vacant


Agency Contact: 

Tiffany Kemp

Email: (Preferred)

Phone # 312-814-8651
Fax # 312-814-1224


Job Family:  Social Services  


This position [DOES/DOES NOT] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).



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