The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was
created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the
social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and
families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or
other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should
reflect the communities we serve, and are actively searching for
candidates that reflect that diversity.
Do you want to help families and communities safely care for
their children? We're looking for Child Protective Services (CPS)
Investigators who can look out for the best interest of child
safety, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and
youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. Our
vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe
and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally,
nurtured by family and community."
This CPS Investigators will provide front line, specialized case
management skills in complex situations involving children. You
will conduct investigations and interviews with children and
families where there is an allegation of child abuse, neglect, or
abandonment. In the CPS unit, you will ultimately determine if
children are safe with their families, and intervene in situations
where children are at risk. The goal is to correct parental
deficits and family environments so children can be safe, and
flourish in their homes.
Some of what you will get to do:
- Lead ongoing assessments and interventions on assigned intakes
to determine child safety and take protective action as
- Apply child welfare practice principles, laws, rules and
policies in assessing and intervening on assigned intakes or cases
to protect children and deliver services to families.
- Interview children, families, and collateral sources to assess
risks to children and determine family needs.
- Assess the needs, risks, and dynamics for out-of-home
placement, preparing and counseling families through the
- Create referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies,
medical evaluations, and forensic interviews.
- Monitor the health and safety of children through regular
visits to placement facilities and other settings.
- Develop and implement service and safety plans for children and
families, and complete health and safety visits.
- Provide support services such as counseling, problem
resolution, guidance, and referrals to advocacy and mediation.
- Provide short-term voluntary placement of children with
licensed foster care or relative resources, working with families
to resolve abuse or neglect.
- Initiate payments, document case activities, and maintain case
records in the FAMLINK case management system.
- Coordinate with Children's Health and Education Track (CHET)
specialists to screen children for behavioral, health, and
- Prepare dependency petitions and required legal documents for
court, placement, and service delivery.
What we are looking for:
One year as a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral
sciences, or an allied field AND one year of social service
experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
A Bachelor's degree in social services, human services,
behavioral sciences, or an allied field, AND two years of social
service experience equivalent to a Social Service Specialist 2.
- Note: a two-year Master's degree in one of the above fields
that included a practicum will be substituted for one year of paid
social service experience.
In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal
applicant will also have some or all of the following:
- One year of experience assessing risk and safety with regards
to child abuse and neglect concerns, or developing safety or
service plans with families.
- Knowledge of community resources and the local community.
- Ability to effectively communicate and comprehend with
management, peers, clients, community colleagues, and the public as
required to carry out the assigned duties of the position.
- Ability to multitask and organize information to meet FamLink
How do I apply?
Complete your applicant profile and attach the following
- Current resume detailing experience and
- Cover letter or letter of interest
- College transcripts
To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your
DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22. Please black out
your social security number prior to attaching.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal
history will be conducted. Information from the background check
will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in
determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform
in the position.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining
The initial screening will be based on the content and
completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All
information may be verified and documentation may be required.
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the supplemental question responses will be considered
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity,
diversity, inclusion and respect.
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