Child Welfare Specialist

Child welfare specialists usually work for public agencies but some are employed by non-profit organizations and private agencies. They are the professionals who are motivated to improve the lives of children that live in environments of questionable quality and they are also willing to make tough decisions that could ultimately result in greater stability for the child.

Child welfare specialists are responsible for determining whether or not children should be removed from their parents and placed in foster care. If children remain in the family the child welfare specialist works with the parent(s) to develop a feasible plan for improvement. If the children are removed from the home and placed in foster care the child welfare specialists follows up to make sure the children are receiving adequate food clothing and emotional support. They may determine whether and when children can be returned to their parents and in some cases whether children should be adopted by a family that is prepared to care for them.

Child welfare specialist must keep detailed file records on each case. Child welfare specialists have bachelor's degrees with a background in an area such as child psychology behavioral science sociology and social work. Some child welfare specialists earn master's degrees in social work psychology or a related field. The website says that jobs for child welfare specialists should increase because of the growing number of families that need help.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for child welfare specialists is approximately $42000

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $42000
High Salary: $44000
Low Salary: $40000
Tasks: Helps children on welfare.
Manages large caseloads.
Provides methods for coping with family and financial stress.
Gives counseling and support to children.
Also Called: Social Worker
Child Services Worker
Family Services Social Worker
Child Protective Services Social Worker
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